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scarce

scarce

 
 
pronunciation:
skeIrs
part of speech: adjective
inflections: scarcer, scarcest
definition 1: in short supply; insufficient.
Food was scarce during the drought.
synonyms:
exiguous, inadequate, insufficient, meager, scant, short, tight
antonyms:
abundant, plentiful, rife
similar words:
deficient, lacking, scanty, skimpy, wanting
definition 2: difficult to find; uncommon.
Gems this fine are scarce.
synonyms:
exceptional, rare, uncommon, unusual
antonyms:
plentiful
similar words:
atypical, notable, noteworthy, remarkable
derivation: scarceness (n.)