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 between||A quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a’; a small but indefinite number.|
|infrequent||Not occurring often; rare.|
Her visits were so infrequent.
|scant||Barely amounting to a specified number or quantity.|
She weighed a scant two pounds.
|scanty||Lacking in magnitude or quantity.|
A scanty harvest.
|scarce||Occurring in small numbers or quantities; rare.|
The freshwater shrimp becomes scarce in soft water.
|scattered||(of electromagnetic radiation or particles) deflected or diffused.|
|sporadic||Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.|
A city subjected to sporadic bombing raids.
|thin||Relatively thin in consistency or low in density not viscous.|
A thin line of paint.
|thinly distributed||Lacking 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)
|adequacy||The 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.
|curio||Something unusual — perhaps worthy of collecting.|
They had such fun over the wonderful box of curios that Jack had sent from India.
|curiosity||An unusual or interesting object or fact.|
Filled with curiosity she peered through the window.
|deficient||Inadequate in amount or degree.|
A deficient education.
|hardly||Only with great difficulty.|
We hardly knew them.
|infrequent||Not occurring often; rare.|
Infrequent outbursts of temper.
|infrequently||Not often; rarely.|
He cooks but only infrequently.
|insufficient||Of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement.|
|limited||Denoting a limited company used after a company name.|
A limited number of places are available.
|meager||Deficient in amount or quality or extent.|
|meagerly||To a meager degree or in a meager manner.|
These voices are meagerly represented at the conference.
|measly||Contemptibly small in amount.|
Three measly votes.
|occasional||Occurring on a temporary or irregular basis.|
|oddity||Something unusual — perhaps worthy of collecting.|
She was regarded as a bit of an oddity.
|often||Frequently; many times.|
He often goes for long walks by himself.
|pittance||An inadequate payment.|
He paid his workers a pittance.
|rare||Having low density.|
Rare patches of green in the desert.
|rarely||Not often; seldom.|
You can write rarely now after all your schooling.
|rarity||Something unusual — perhaps worthy of collecting.|
To take the morning off was a rarity.
|scant||Work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially.|
The press regularly scants a host of issues relating to safety and health.
|scanty||Small or insufficient in quantity or amount.|
The women looked cold in their scanty bodices.
As raw materials became scarce synthetics were developed.
Islay is seldom visited by tourists.
|sloppy||(of semi-fluid matter) containing too much liquid; watery.|
We gave away a goal through sloppy defending.
|sometimes||On certain occasions or in certain cases but not always.|
Sometimes I want to do things on my own.
|sporadic||Recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances.|
Sporadic fighting broke out.
|subsist||Maintain or support oneself, especially at a minimal level.|
The effect of genetic maldevelopment may subsist in chromosomal mutation.
|unique||A unique person or thing.|
A style of architecture that is unique to Portugal.