[ skairs ]
/ skɛərs /
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adjective, scarc·er, scarc·est.

insufficient to satisfy the need or demand; not abundant: Meat and butter were scarce during the war.
seldom met with; rare: a scarce book.




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Idioms for scarce

    make oneself scarce, Informal.
    1. to depart, especially suddenly.
    2. to stay away; avoid.

Origin of scarce

1250–1300; Middle English scars<Old North French (e)scars<Vulgar Latin *excarpsus plucked out, for Latin excerptus;see excerpt
scarceness, nounun·scarce, adjectiveun·scarce·ly, adverbun·scarce·ness, noun
extinct, rare, scarce
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British Dictionary definitions for scarce

/ (skɛəs) /


rarely encountered
insufficient to meet the demand
make oneself scarce informal to go away, esp suddenly


archaic, or literary scarcely
scarceness, noun
C13: from Old Norman French scars, from Vulgar Latin excarpsus (unattested) plucked out, from Latin excerpere to select; see excerpt
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