[ spahrs ]
/ spɑrs /
adjective, spars·er, spars·est.
thinly scattered or distributed: a sparse population.
not thick or dense; thin: sparse hair.
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Origin of sparse
1715–25; < Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter, sparge
OTHER WORDS FROM sparse
sparse·ly, adverbsparse·ness, spar·si·ty [spahr-si-tee] /ˈspɑr sɪ ti/, nounun·sparse, adjectiveun·sparse·ly, adverb
Words nearby sparse
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British Dictionary definitions for sparsely
/ (spɑːs) /
scattered or scanty; not dense
Derived forms of sparsesparsely, adverbsparseness or sparsity, noun
Word Origin for sparse
C18: from Latin sparsus, from spargere to scatter
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