- barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice.
- limited; meager; not large: a scant amount.
- barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful.
- having an inadequate or limited supply (usually followed by of): scant of breath.
- to make scant; diminish.
- to stint the supply of; withhold.
- to treat slightly or inadequately.
- Scot. and North England Dialect. scarcely; barely; hardly.
Origin of scant
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Examples from the Web for scant
Retailers were hammered by the scheme because checks and balances were scant in 2012, when the eBay grifting peaked.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
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But even if the promised money does finally arrive, there is scant guarantee it will be used appropriately.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
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November 18, 2014
Indeed there is a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site located a scant 400 meters from the outer edge of the Otomí Lake & Villas property.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
She slammed the media, saying the coverage has been scant and inaccurate.Defying Stereotypes, Young Muslim Writers Find Community Onstage
October 12, 2014
Had it been a scant $23.6 million, she was still more than ready to pop some victory champagne.Does This Widow Deserve $23 Billion?
July 26, 2014
The sky was now clear, the air frosty, and my rags were but a scant protection to me.Biography of a Slave
Of Rouquet's activities as an artist in England there are scant particulars.De Libris: Prose and Verse
He appears to have grown fat and scant of breath when he was about thirty-six or seven.The Man Shakespeare
After the first day of the siege there was scant leisure for funeral rites.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
The meat was little better than the bread in quality, and quite as scant in quantity.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- scarcely sufficient; limitedhe paid her scant attention
- (prenominal) slightly short of the amount indicated; barea scant ten inches
- (postpositive foll by of) having a short supply (of)
- to limit in size or quantity
- to provide with a limited or inadequate supply of
- to treat in a slighting or inadequate manner
- scarcely; barely
Word Origin and History for scant
mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr "short, brief"), from Proto-Germanic *skamma- (cf. Old English scamm "short," Old High German skemmen "to shorten"), perhaps ultimately "hornless," from PIE *kem- (see hind (n.)). Also in Middle English as a noun, "scant supply, scarcity," from Old Norse. As a verb and adverb from mid-15c.