adjective, spars·er, spars·est.
Origin of sparse
Examples from the Web for sparsity
The police were palpably disappointed at the sparsity of my knowledge respecting her.Tales of Chinatown|Sax Rohmer
The sparsity of the population, the extent of the country, and its poverty, made a royal establishment impossible.
The sparsity of population is also well indicated by the great scarcity of food.A History of the Philippines|David P. Barrows
I have seen several houses furnished entirely by William Morris, and the first thing that impressed me was the sparsity of things.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
One of the prime difficulties is in the sparsity and uneven distribution of the cow population.Railroads: Rates and Regulations|William Z. Ripley
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").