scant

[skant]

adjective, scant·er, scant·est.

verb (used with object)

adverb

Scot. and North England Dialect. scarcely; barely; hardly.

Nearby words

  1. scanning line,
  2. scanning probe microscope,
  3. scanning tunneling microscope,
  4. scansion,
  5. scansorial,
  6. scantily,
  7. scantling,
  8. scantlings,
  9. scantly,
  10. scantness

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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British Dictionary definitions for scant

scant

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)

to limit in size or quantity
to provide with a limited or inadequate supply of
to treat in a slighting or inadequate manner

adverb

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

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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