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Meaning of SCARCE

Pronunciation:  skehrs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  by a small margin; "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
  2. [adj]  deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand; "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"
  3. [adj]  not enough; hard to find; "meat was scarce during the war"

SCARCE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: barely, deficient, hardly, insufficient, just, rare, scarcely, tight
 Antonyms: abundant
 See Also: meager, meagerly, meagre



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scarce\ (sk[^a]rs), a. [Compar. {Scarcer}
    (sk[^a]r"s[~e]r); superl. {Scarcest}.] [OE. scars, OF.
    escars, eschars, LL. scarpsus, excarpsus, for L. excerptus,
    p. p. of excerpere to pick out, and hence to contract, to
    shorten; ex (see {Ex-}) + carpere. See {Carpet}, and cf.
    1. Not plentiful or abundant; in small quantity in proportion
       to the demand; not easily to be procured; rare; uncommon.
             You tell him silver is scarcer now in England, and
             therefore risen one fifth in value.   --Locke.
             The scarcest of all is a Pescennius Niger on a
             medallion well preserved.             --Addison.
    2. Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); -- with of.
       [Obs.] ``A region scarce of prey.'' --Milton.
    3. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; stingy. [Obs.] ``Too scarce
       ne too sparing.'' --Chaucer.
    {To make one's self scarce}, to decamp; to depart. [Slang]
    Syn: Rare; infrequent; deficient. See {Rare}.
  2. \Scarce\, Scarcely \Scarce"ly\, adv.
    1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just.
             With a scarce well-lighted flame.     --Milton.
             The eldest scarcely five year was of age. --Chaucer.
             Slowly she sails, and scarcely stems the tides.
             He had scarcely finished, when the laborer arrived
             who had been sent for my ransom.      --W. Irving.
    2. Frugally; penuriously. [Obs.] --Chaucer.