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scant

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/ skænt /
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adjective, scant·er, scant·est.
verb (used with object)
adverb
Scot. and North England Dialect. scarcely; barely; hardly.
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Origin of scant

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) <Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr short

OTHER WORDS FROM scant

scantly, adverbscantness, noun
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How to use scant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for scant

scant
/ (skænt) /

adjective
scarcely sufficient; limitedhe paid her scant attention
(prenominal) slightly short of the amount indicated; barea scant ten inches
(postpositive foll by of) having a short supply (of)
verb (tr)
adverb
scarcely; barely

Derived forms of scant

scantly, adverbscantness, noun

Word Origin for scant

C14: from Old Norse skamt, from skammr /short; related to Old High German scam
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