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Adjective: scarce (scarcer,scarcest)  skehrs
  1. Deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
    "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"
Adverb: scarce  skehrs
  1. Only a very short time before
    "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave";
    - barely, hardly, just, scarcely
  2. Almost not
    "he was scarce sixteen years old";
    - hardly, scarcely, barely

Derived forms: scarcer, scarcest

See also: meager [N. Amer], meagerly [N. Amer], meagre [Brit, Cdn], meagrely [Brit, Cdn], quantity, rare, scrimpy, stingy [informal], tight

Antonym: abundant

Encyclopedia: Scarce, Michael