SPARSE: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for SPARSE?

Need another word that means the same as “sparse”? Find 9 synonyms and 30 related words for “sparse” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Sparse” are: thin, scanty, scant, scattered, thinly distributed, scarce, infrequent, sporadic, few and far between

Sparse as an Adjective

Definitions of "Sparse" as an adjective

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “sparse” as an adjective can have the following definitions:

  • Thinly dispersed or scattered.
  • Scanty; in short supply.
  • Not dense.

Synonyms of "Sparse" as an adjective (9 Words)

few and far betweenA quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a’; a small but indefinite number.
infrequentNot occurring often; rare.
Her visits were so infrequent.
scantBarely amounting to a specified number or quantity.
She weighed a scant two pounds.
scantyLacking in magnitude or quantity.
A scanty harvest.
scarceOccurring in small numbers or quantities; rare.
The freshwater shrimp becomes scarce in soft water.
scattered(of electromagnetic radiation or particles) deflected or diffused.
Scattered showers.
sporadicOccurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.
A city subjected to sporadic bombing raids.
thinRelatively thin in consistency or low in density not viscous.
A thin line of paint.
thinly distributedLacking excess flesh-Shakespeare.

Usage Examples of "Sparse" as an adjective

  • Trees were sparse.
  • Information on earnings is sparse.
  • Areas of sparse population.

Associations of "Sparse" (30 Words)

adequacyThe quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily.
The adequacy of testing procedures.
collectable(of an item) worth collecting; of interest to a collector.
The auction attracted professional dealers trading in quality small collectables.
curioSomething unusual — perhaps worthy of collecting.
They had such fun over the wonderful box of curios that Jack had sent from India.
curiosityAn unusual or interesting object or fact.
Filled with curiosity she peered through the window.
deficientInadequate in amount or degree.
A deficient education.
hardlyOnly with great difficulty.
We hardly knew them.
infrequentNot occurring often; rare.
Infrequent outbursts of temper.
infrequentlyNot often; rarely.
He cooks but only infrequently.
insufficientOf a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement.
Insufficient funds.
limitedDenoting a limited company used after a company name.
A limited number of places are available.
meagerDeficient in amount or quality or extent.
Meager resources.
meagerlyTo a meager degree or in a meager manner.
These voices are meagerly represented at the conference.
measlyContemptibly small in amount.
Three measly votes.
occasionalOccurring on a temporary or irregular basis.
Occasional headaches.
odditySomething unusual — perhaps worthy of collecting.
She was regarded as a bit of an oddity.
oftenFrequently; many times.
He often goes for long walks by himself.
pittanceAn inadequate payment.
He paid his workers a pittance.
rareHaving low density.
Rare patches of green in the desert.
rarelyNot often; seldom.
You can write rarely now after all your schooling.
rarenessNoteworthy scarcity.
raritySomething unusual — perhaps worthy of collecting.
To take the morning off was a rarity.
scantWork hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially.
The press regularly scants a host of issues relating to safety and health.
scantySmall or insufficient in quantity or amount.
The women looked cold in their scanty bodices.
As raw materials became scarce synthetics were developed.
seldomNot often.
Islay is seldom visited by tourists.
sloppy(of semi-fluid matter) containing too much liquid; watery.
We gave away a goal through sloppy defending.
sometimesOn certain occasions or in certain cases but not always.
Sometimes I want to do things on my own.
sporadicRecurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances.
Sporadic fighting broke out.
subsistMaintain or support oneself, especially at a minimal level.
The effect of genetic maldevelopment may subsist in chromosomal mutation.
uniqueA unique person or thing.
A style of architecture that is unique to Portugal.

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