To make one's self scarce, to decamp; to depart. [Slang]

Syn. — Rare; infrequent; deficient. See Rare.

(Scarce, Scarce"ly), adv.

1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just.

With a scarce well-lighted flame.

The eldest scarcely five year was of age.

Slowly she sails, and scarcely stems the tides.

He had scarcely finished, when the laborer arrived who had been sent for my ransom.
W. Irving.

2. Frugally; penuriously. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Scar), n. [Scot. scar, scaur, Icel. sker a skerry, an isolated rock in the sea; akin to Dan. skiær, Sw. skär. Cf. Skerry.] An isolated or protruding rock; a steep, rocky eminence; a bare place on the side of a mountain or steep bank of earth. [Written also scaur.]

O sweet and far, from cliff and scar,
The horns of Elfland faintly blowing.

(Scar), n. [L. scarus, a kind of fish, Gr. ska`ros.] (Zoöl.) A marine food fish, the scarus, or parrot fish.

(Scar"ab Scar"a*bee) , n. [L. scarabaeus; cf. F. scarabée.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of lamellicorn beetles of the genus Scarabæus, or family Scarabæidæ, especially the sacred, or Egyptian, species (Scarabæus sacer, and S. Egyptiorum).

(||Scar`a*bæ"us) n. [L.] (Zoöl.) Same as Scarab.

(Scar"a*boid) a. [Scarab + -oid.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the family Scarabæidæ, an extensive group which includes the Egyptian scarab, the tumbledung, and many similar lamellicorn beetles.

(Scar"a*boid), n. (Zoöl.) A scaraboid beetle.

(Scar"a*mouch`) n. [F. scaramouche, It. scaramuccio, scaramuccia, originally the name of a celebrated Italian comedian; cf. It. scaramuccia, scaramuccio, F. escarmouche, skirmish. Cf. Skirmish.] A personage in the old Italian comedy (derived from Spain) characterized by great boastfulness and poltroonery; hence, a person of like characteristics; a buffoon.

(Scarce) a. [Compar. Scarcer (skâr"ser); superl. Scarcest.] [OE. scars, OF. escars, eschars, LL. scarpsus, excarpsus, for L. excerptus, p. p. of excerpere to pick out, and hence to contract, to shorten; ex (see Ex-) + carpere. See Carpet, and cf. Excerp.]

1. Not plentiful or abundant; in small quantity in proportion to the demand; not easily to be procured; rare; uncommon.

You tell him silver is scarcer now in England, and therefore risen one fifth in value.

The scarcest of all is a Pescennius Niger on a medallion well preserved.

2. Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); - - with of. [Obs.] "A region scarce of prey." Milton.

3. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; stingy. [Obs.] "Too scarce ne too sparing." Chaucer.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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