English adjective: scarce
|1.||scarce deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand|
|Samples||Fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought.|
|See also||meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy|
English adverb: scarce
|1.||scarce only a very short time before|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||barely, hardly, just, scarcely|