- adj. 缺乏的，不足的；稀有的
- adv. 仅仅；几乎不；几乎没有
CET4 TEM4 考 研 TOEFL CET6
来自古诺斯法语 scars,稀少的，稀疏的，来自通俗拉丁语*scarsus 减少的，缩小的，过去分 词形式于拉丁语 excerpere,拔出，来自 ex-,向外，-cerp,拔，割，词源同 excerpt,harvest.
- scarce:  Scarce comes via Anglo-Norman scars, earlier escars, from Vulgar Latin *excarpsus ‘picked out’, hence ‘rare’. This was the past participle of *excarpere, an alteration of classical Latin excerpere ‘picked out. select’ (source of English excerpt ). And excerpere was a compound verb formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and carpere ‘pluck’ (source of English carpet and related to harvest).
=> carpet, excerpt, harvest
- scarce (adj.)
- c. 1300, "restricted in quantity," from Old North French scars "scanty, scarce" (Old French eschars, Modern French échars) from Vulgar Latin *scarsus, from *escarpsus, from *excarpere "pluck out," from classical Latin excerpere "pluck out" (see excerpt). As an adverb early 14c. from the adjective. Phrase to make oneself scarce "go away" first attested 1771, noted as a current "cant phrase." Related: Scarcely.
- 1. In some places maps are scarce, and are often crudely produced.
- 2. Why is full-frontal male nudity still so scarce in films?
- 3. It probably would be a good idea if you made yourself scarce.
- 4. Fresh food is so scarce that prices have rocketed.
- 5. Scarce water resources are shared between states who cannot trust each other.
[ scarce 造句 ]