Definitions for scarceskɛərs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
scarceskɛərs(adj.; adv.)scarc•er, scarc•est
(adj.)insufficient to satisfy the need or demand.
Idioms for scarce:
make oneself scarce, to leave, esp. quickly. to stay away.
Origin of scarce:
1250–1300; ME scars < ONF (e)scars < VL *excarpsus plucked out, for L excerptus; see excerpt
deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
"fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"
barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce(adverb)
only a very short time before
"they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
Food and water are scarce.
Scarcely, only just.
Uncommon, rare; difficult to find; insufficient to meet a demand.
Origin: From Northern scars, escars ( > French échars), from *, probably originally a participle form of *, from ex- + carpere.
not plentiful or abundant; in small quantity in proportion to the demand; not easily to be procured; rare; uncommon
scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); -- with of
sparing; frugal; parsimonious; stingy
alt. of Scarcely
Scarce is an Alternative rock band formed in Rhode Island, New York, USA. They were active from 1993 to 1997, and reformed in 2008.
Translations for scarce
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
not many or enough in number
Paintings by this artist are very scarce; Food is scarce because of the drought.
- نادِر، غَيْر مُتَوَفِّرArabic
- raroPortuguese (BR)
- vzácný, omezenýCzech
- sjælden; knapDanish
- λιγοστός, σπάνιοςGreek
- escaso, poco común/frecuenteSpanish
- haruldane, väheEstonian
- oskudan, rijedakCroatian
- kevés; ritkaHungarian
- sjaldgæfur; af skornum skammtiIcelandic
- negausus, nepakankamasLithuanian
- rets; nepietiekamsLatvian
- sukar didapatiMalay
- sjelden; knapp, snauNorwegian
- rzadki, niewystarczającyPolish
- لږ، كم، نادر، كم پيدا،Pashto
- редкий; скудныйRussian
- vzácny, obmedzenýSlovak
- otillräcklig, knapp, sällsyntSwedish
- ไม่มาก; ไม่พอThai
- kıt, azTurkish
- 罕見的，少之又少的Chinese (Trad.)
- убогий, недостатнійUkrainian
- قلیل، ناکافیUrdu
- khan hiếmVietnamese
- 罕见的，缺乏的Chinese (Simp.)
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