Middle English Dictionary Entry

scā̆rsetẹ̄ n.
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(a) Insufficiency, want; dearth, lack; scarcity of food; (b) ~ of, insufficiency of (sth.); a dearth of (sth., people); (c) smallness of amount, fewness of number; rarity; sparseness of hair; ~ of, small amount or number of (sth.); scarsetes of, few (persons).
(a) Niggardliness, stinginess; (b) abstemiousness, moderation; also person.; ~ of, abstemiousness in (food, food and drink).
As adj.: small in amount.