scant

[skant]
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adjective, scant·er, scant·est.
  1. barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice.
  2. limited; meager; not large: a scant amount.
  3. barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful.
  4. having an inadequate or limited supply (usually followed by of): scant of breath.
verb (used with object)
  1. to make scant; diminish.
  2. to stint the supply of; withhold.
  3. to treat slightly or inadequately.
adverb
  1. Scot. and North England Dialect. scarcely; barely; hardly.

Origin of scant

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr short
Related formsscant·ly, adverbscant·ness, noun

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Contemporary Examples of scant

Historical Examples of scant

  • The sky was now clear, the air frosty, and my rags were but a scant protection to me.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • Of Rouquet's activities as an artist in England there are scant particulars.

  • He appears to have grown fat and scant of breath when he was about thirty-six or seven.

  • After the first day of the siege there was scant leisure for funeral rites.

  • The meat was little better than the bread in quality, and quite as scant in quantity.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for scant

scant

adjective
  1. scarcely sufficient; limitedhe paid her scant attention
  2. (prenominal) slightly short of the amount indicated; barea scant ten inches
  3. (postpositive foll by of) having a short supply (of)
verb (tr)
  1. to limit in size or quantity
  2. to provide with a limited or inadequate supply of
  3. to treat in a slighting or inadequate manner
adverb
  1. scarcely; barely
Derived Formsscantly, adverbscantness, noun

Word Origin for scant

C14: from Old Norse skamt, from skammr /short; related to Old High German scam
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Word Origin and History for scant
adj.

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.

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