(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. scattered, sporadic; thin, few, meager, scanty. See rarity. Ant., many, frequent.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. scattered, scanty, meager; see inadequate 1 , rare 2 , scanty .
See Synonym Study at scanty .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
scanty, meager, slight, scarce, thin, spare, spotty, scattered, few and far between, skimpy, poor.
ANT.: thick, abundant, plentiful
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent: exiguous, meager, poor, puny, scant, scanty, skimpy, spare, stingy, thin. Slang: measly. See BIG, EXCESS.

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  • sparse´ly — sparse «spahrs», adjective, spars|er, spars|est. 1. thinly scattered; occurring here and there: »The sparse population of the country, sparse hair; ... an unorganised mob thick in one place, sparse in another (Walter Besant). SYNONYM(S): See syn …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sparse — Sparse, a. [Compar. {Sparser}; superl. {Sparsest}.] [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to strew, scatter. Cf. {Asperse}, {Disperse}.] 1. Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being dense or close together; as, a sparse population.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sparse — [spa:s US spa:rs] adj [Date: 1700 1800; : Latin; Origin: sparsus spread out , from the past participle of spargere to scatter ] existing only in small amounts ▪ his sparse brown hair ▪ rural areas with sparse population >sparsely adv ▪ a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sparse — [ spars ] adjective existing in small amounts, or very spread out: Higher up the mountain, houses became sparse. ╾ sparse|ly adverb: a sparsely populated country …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sparse — sparse·ly; sparse·ness; sparse; …   English syllables

  • Sparse — Sparse, v. t. [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to scatter.] To scatter; to disperse. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sparse — index barren, deficient, infrequent, insufficient, petty, scarce, sporadic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • sparse — (adj.) 1727, from L. sparsus scattered, pp. of spargere to scatter, spread, from PIE root * (s)pregh to jerk, scatter (Cf. Skt. parjanya rain, rain god, Avestan fra sparega branch, twig, lit. that which is jerked off a tree, O.N. freknur freckles …   Etymology dictionary

  • sparse — *meager, spare, exiguous, scanty, scant, skimpy, scrimpy Analogous words: scattered, dispersed (see SCATTER): sporadic, occasional, infrequent, uncommon: *thin, slim, slender Antonyms: dense Contrasted words: *close, thick, compact …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sparse — [adj] very few and scattered dispersed, exiguous, few and far between, inadequate, infrequent, meager, occasional, poor, rare, scant, scanty, scarce, scrimpy, skimpy, spare, sporadic, thin, uncommon; concepts 762,789 Ant. full, lush, plentiful …   New thesaurus

  • sparse — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ thinly dispersed. DERIVATIVES sparsely adverb sparseness noun sparsity noun. ORIGIN Latin sparsus, from spargere scatter …   English terms dictionary

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