adjective, scant·er, scant·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of scant
Examples from the Web for scant
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Indeed there is a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site located a scant 400 meters from the outer edge of the Otomí Lake & Villas property.
She slammed the media, saying the coverage has been scant and inaccurate.Defying Stereotypes, Young Muslim Writers Find Community Onstage|Julianne Chiaet|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Had it been a scant $23.6 million, she was still more than ready to pop some victory champagne.
Oh, but how scant the utterance, and how faint, to my conceit!Dante: "The Central Man of All the World"|John T. Slattery
The brilliant sun of the tropics, burning mercilessly through the rarefied air, causes the scant vegetation to wither.Inca Land|Hiram Bingham
Many men with scant practical knowledge are attracted to it.The Amazing Argentine|John Foster Fraser
There were chairs in scant clusters, places from which one could gaze.The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2|Henry James
In very recent years, within one scant century, we are letting the girls go to school, even to college.The home|Charlotte Perkins Gilman
British Dictionary definitions for scant
Word Origin for scant
Word Origin and History for scant
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.