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. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adverb
    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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