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.
- scantly, adverb
- scantness, noun
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How to use scant in a sentence
Such drill holes augment the scant fossil record of octopus evolution.Predatory octopuses were drilling into clamshells at least 75 million years ago | Carolyn Gramling | March 2, 2021 | Science News
Details about the project are scant, but here’s what we know about it.DARPA’s new combat drones could catch a ride from other aircraft | Rob Verger | February 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
So far, however, there’s scant detail on what this pivot actually means beyond what’s been teased in the video used to launch the partnership.Why Adidas treats esports deals like media partnerships, not sponsorship deals | Seb Joseph | January 18, 2021 | Digiday
There’s scant clinical evidence that a 12-week gap will be as effective as a 21-day one.The U.K. is delaying the second dose of COVID vaccines to 12 weeks. Is that even safe? | Katherine Dunn | January 12, 2021 | Fortune
Their actions drew scant condemnation from Western politicians.China Has Reacted to the Storming of the U.S. Capitol by Comparing It to the Wrecking of Hong Kong's Legislature | Amy Gunia / Hong Kong | January 11, 2021 | Time
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 | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Barbie Latza Nadeau | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How sad, then, that her writings make scant mention the other great thinkers of her age.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun | Katie Baker | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But they provide scant details about why Alexander bought and sold shares when he did, or even how much.
Indeed there is a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site located a scant 400 meters from the outer edge of the Otomí Lake & Villas property.
History gives them scant notice, and the Federal government has failed to reward them as they deserve.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
The big gray sedan carrying Delancy and his pals, hit the suburban town at a scant seventy miles an hour.
But, fortunately, they had scant time for repining, and there is nothing like active occupation to banish useless brooding.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
On arriving he tendered the driver sixpence, which was strictly the fare, though but scant remuneration for the distance.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
These flats were free from stones and covered with a scant growth of cottonwoods and pions.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for scant
scarcely sufficient; limited: he paid her scant attention
(prenominal) slightly short of the amount indicated; bare: a 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
- scantly, adverb
- scantness, noun
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