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scanty

[skan-tee]
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adjective, scant·i·er, scant·i·est.
  1. scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
  2. meager; not adequate.
  3. lacking amplitude in extent or compass.
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noun, plural scant·ies.
  1. scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.
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Origin of scanty

1650–60; scant + -y1; (def 4) blend of scanty and panties
Related formsscant·i·ly, adverbscant·i·ness, nounun·scant·y, adjective

Synonyms

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1, 2. Scanty, meager, sparse refer to insufficiency or deficiency in quantity, number, etc. Scanty denotes smallness or insufficiency of quantity, number, supply, etc.: a scanty supply of food. Meager indicates that something is poor, stinted, or inadequate: meager fare; a meager income. Sparse applies particularly to that which grows thinly or is thinly strewn or sown, often over a wide area: sparse vegetation; a sparse population.

Antonyms

1, 2. plentiful, ample.
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Examples from the Web for scantiness

Historical Examples

  • Once or twice he had shaken his head at the scantiness of all their provisions for life.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • "In the scantiness of your raiment, Citoyenne," he answered acidly.

  • Knowing the scantiness of the Oriental breakfast, we are not surprised.

  • Their scantiness of raiment, it is pleaded in their behalf, is due in no sense to immodesty.

    East of Suez

    Frederic Courtland Penfield

  • But his courage and activity made up for the scantiness of his resources.


British Dictionary definitions for scantiness

scanty

adjective scantier or scantiest
  1. limited; barely enough; meagre
  2. insufficient; inadequate
  3. lacking fullness; small
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Derived Formsscantily, adverbscantiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for scantiness

scanty

adj.

1650s, "meager, barely sufficient for use;" 1701, "too small, limited in scope," from scant + -y (2). Related: Scantiness (1560s). Scanties (n.) "underwear" (especially for women) attested from 1928.

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