adjective, scarc·er, scarc·est.
- scarborough lily,
- scarce as hen's teeth,
- scarcely ever,
- to depart, especially suddenly.
- to stay away; avoid.
Origin of scarce
Examples from the Web for scarcer
Geological reality, not Waxman-Markey, is what is making energy “scarcer and more expensive.”
In her tiny house on the common four miles away firing was scarce, and food was scarcer.The Rebel of the School|Mrs. L. T. Meade
The result is that on the mainland transitional forms are scarcer than on the island.Mimicry in Butterflies|Reginald Crundall Punnett
But now their work was harder, and food was scarcer—for game is difficult to shoot in the forest.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado|Frank Aubrey
Word Origin for scarce
c.1300, "restricted in quantity," from Old North French scars "scanty, scarce" (Old French eschars, Modern French échars) from Vulgar Latin *scarsus, from *escarpsus, from *excarpere "pluck out," from classical Latin excerpere "pluck out" (see excerpt). As an adverb early 14c. from the adjective. Phrase to make oneself scarce "go away" first attested 1771, noted as a current "cant phrase." Related: Scarcely.
In addition to the idiom beginning with scarce
- scarce as hen's teeth
- scarcely ever
- make oneself scarce