|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||escars, from Vulgar Latin excarpsus 'pulled out', from Latin excerpere; EXCERPT|
scarce1 comparative scarcer, superlative scarcest
if something is scarce, there is not very much of it available:
Food was often scarce in the winter.
There was fierce competition for the scarce resources.
to leave a place, especially in order to avoid an unpleasant situation:
I decided it was time to make myself scarce.