scarce

If something is scarce, there isn't much of it around. Crops are scarce after a long drought, or you might find babysitters scarce if your kids are a nightmare to watch.

Scarce, meaning “restricted in quantity,” can oddly be traced back to the same Latin word that spawned the word "excerpt." Use the word scarce when you want to say that something is hard to find or practically missing. When you know you’re about to be asked to do something unpleasant, like wash the dishes or take out the trash, go ahead and “make yourself scarce,” which means to be elusive or get out of there fast.

Definitions of scarce
1

adj deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

“fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought”
Synonyms:
rare
not widely distributed
tight
affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy
deficient in amount or quality or extent
Antonyms:
abundant
present in great quantity
abounding, galore
existing in abundance
ample, copious, plenteous, plentiful, rich
affording an abundant supply
copious, voluminous
large in number or quantity (especially of discourse)
easy
obtained with little effort or sacrifice, often obtained illegally
exuberant, lush, luxuriant, profuse, riotous
produced or growing in extreme abundance
thick
abounding; having a lot of
long
having or being more than normal or necessary:"long on brains"
overabundant, plethoric, rife
excessively abundant
plentiful
existing in great number or quantity
rampant
(of a plant) having a lush and unchecked growth
rank
growing profusely
superabundant
most excessively abundant
teeming
abundantly filled with especially living things
torrential
pouring in abundance
verdant
characterized by abundance of verdure
ample
more than enough in size or scope or capacity
rich
possessing material wealth
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adv only a very short time before

“"would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats”
Synonyms:
barely, hardly, just, scarcely

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