I scantly know, Isoult, if thou wilt be glad to see us, considering the ill news we bring.
Come, Sir, I should scantly play the same trick on you twice.
You scantly looked, as methinks, for a visit of ours this even?
“I scantly know, Jack,” answered he, shaking his white head.
Albeit at the beginning it was against their wills, and scantly would they receive it.
Such a fright have I had this morrow, I may scantly hold my pen.
Before stuffing rub over the whole inside lightly with soft butter or bacon fat, pepper it scantly, and rub on a very little salt.
Only it all seems to mean that I shall see you all but scantly and remotely.
By the road, Baywater was six miles away, but there was a short cut across hills and fields and woods which was scantly three.
“Methinks it were scantly so merry for you, Mistress Doll,” answered Agnes rather keenly.
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.