adjective \ˈspärs\

: present only in small amounts : less than necessary or normal; especially : thinly covering an area : not thick or full


Full Definition of SPARSE

:  of few and scattered elements; especially :  not thickly grown or settled
sparse·ly adverb
sparse·ness noun
spar·si·ty \ˈspär-sə-tē, -stē\ noun

Examples of SPARSE

  1. <open land is sparse around here>

Origin of SPARSE

Latin sparsus spread out, from past participle of spargere to scatter — more at spark
First Known Use: 1753

Rhymes with SPARSE


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