- scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
- meager; not adequate.
- lacking amplitude in extent or compass.
- scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.
Origin of scanty
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
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.
1, 2. plentiful, ample.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for scanty
They lean against the fence, hips jutted out, their legs exposed by scanty pink shorts and skimpy dresses.Haiti’s Horrendous Teenage Prostitution Problem
June 17, 2011
Others donned Berlusconi masks or carried signs with “No Lie Zone” and photos of young women in scanty costumes.Berlusconi Sex Charges: The Bunga-Bunga Trial Begins
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 6, 2011
Nothing had been added to her scanty wardrobe in that time but a black frock.Rico and Wiseli
By degrees, however, his eyes became accustomed to the scanty light.Biographical Stories
As Baucis had said, there was but a scanty supper for two hungry travellers.The Miraculous Pitcher
These computations were correct as far as they went, but they were scanty.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
The other members of the Poorhouse had scanty faith in that red flannel.Meadow Grass
- limited; barely enough; meagre
- insufficient; inadequate
- lacking fullness; small
Word Origin and History for scanty
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper