1. [ adjective ] not enough; hard to find

"meat was scarce during the war"

Related terms: insufficient
2. [ adverb ] by a small margin
Synonyms: just hardly barely scarcely

"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

3. [ adjective ] deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

"fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"

Related terms: abundant rare tight meager quantity
Similar spelling:   Scearce