adjective, scarc·er, scarc·est.
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Idioms for scarce
- to depart, especially suddenly.
- to stay away; avoid.
Origin of scarce
OTHER WORDS FROM scarcescarceness, nounun·scarce, adjectiveun·scarce·ly, adverbun·scarce·ness, noun
Words nearby scarce
Example sentences from the Web for scarce
The evidence is scarce, but since we don’t have more information, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The last year was the clearest example yet of what can happen when we allow stable housing options to become scarce.Covid-19 caused a recession. So why did the housing market boom?|Jerusalem Demsas|February 5, 2021|Vox
Larger stones are more scarce, but a larger stone is not necessarily more valuable.Hints From Heloise: Before buying a diamond, learn about the four C’s|Heloise Heloise|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
With vaccinations off to a rocky start globally, experts had been counting on a one-dose vaccine that would stretch scarce supplies and avoid the logistics nightmare of getting people to return for boosters.Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is 66% effective, lagging rivals|Rachel Schallom|January 29, 2021|Fortune
Food is scarce, and the rodents vigorously attack intruders from other colonies.Naked mole-rat colonies speak with unique dialects|Jonathan Lambert|January 28, 2021|Science News
Now, visitors are scarce and the jungle is taking over, leaving some locals nostalgic.Six Must-Read Stories About the Sony Hacks, Congo’s Forgotten Colonial Getaway and Another Woman’s Story of U-VA|The Daily Beast|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We fight over their ownership and control, as if reality were a resource as scarce as the water and oil in Mad Max.
In a country where food was already scarce, slimmed-down portions could be the difference between life and death.
After two decades of war, even the most basic infrastructure is scarce.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Food is becoming scarce, which has led to prices increasing beyond the reach of ordinary people.
And the girl, scarce believing her good fortune, departed with a speed that bordered on the ludicrous.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Fruit-trees are clearly too scarce, though Cherries in abundance were offered for sale as we passed.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Scarce a day passed without some engagement in which the King of Naples showed his audacity and his talent as a leader.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
When very scarce, they may sometimes be found, although their structure is not well shown, by the method of Ruge.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
But the way was toilsome, the heat intense, and the water scarce—more so than it had been on the outward journey.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for scarce
Derived forms of scarcescarceness, noun
Word Origin for scarce
Idioms and Phrases with scarce
In addition to the idiom beginning with scarce
- scarce as hen's teeth
- scarcely ever
- make oneself scarce