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
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
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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
skārs, adj. not plentiful: not equal to the demand: rare: not common: parsimonious: deficient: short: scanty.—adj. Scarce′-beard′ed (Shak.), having a scanty beard.—adv. Scarce′ly, Scarce (B.), hardly, barely.—ns. Scarce′ment (archit.), a plain set-off or projection in a wall; Scarce′ness; Scarc′ity, state of being scarce: deficiency: rareness: niggardliness: want: famine.—Make one's self scarce, to decamp. [O. Fr. escars (Fr. échars), niggardly—Low L. scarpsus=ex-carpsus, for L. excerptus, pa.p. of excerpēre—ex, out of, carpēre, to pick.]
The numerical value of scarce in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of scarce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Wildlife was scarce in those days.
Now meat is scarce in Maiduguri, nobody can afford it.
Acquaintances are always abundant; friends are always scarce!
Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.
We shared scarce food rations and helped the weakest men together.
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- ناکافی, کمیاب, نادرPersian
- gann, ainneamhScottish Gaelic
- ongeonge, ongeMāori
- nadide, ender, nadirTurkish
- khan hiếmVietnamese
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