adjective, spars·er, spars·est.
Origin of sparse
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Related Words for sparseinfrequent, scanty, inadequate, meager, thin, sporadic, scant, scarce, skimpy, exiguous, occasional, poor, rare, spare, uncommon, scrimpy
Word Origin for sparse
1727, from Latin sparsus "scattered," past participle of spargere "to scatter, spread," from PIE root *(s)pregh- "to jerk, scatter" (cf. Sanskrit parjanya- "rain, rain god," Avestan fra-sparega "branch, twig," literally "that which is jerked off a tree," Old Norse freknur "freckles," Swedish dialectal sprygg "brisk, active," Lithuanian sprogti "shoot, bud," Old Irish arg "a drop").