Pronunciation: (skârs), [key]
—adj., scarc•er, scarc•est,
1. insufficient to satisfy the need or demand; not abundant: Meat and butter were scarce during the war.
2. seldom met with; rare: a scarce book.
3. make oneself scarce, Informal.
a. to depart, esp. suddenly.
b. to stay away; avoid.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.