adjective, scant·er, scant·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of scant
Examples from the Web for scanter
Jim rather unsteadily filled; I emulated, but to scanter measure.Desert Dust|Edwin L. Sabin
All the time as we went Bridget talked incessantly, although she became scanter and scanter of breath.The Story of Bawn|Katharine Tynan
Islands have proportionately a scanter allowance of fertile alluvial lowlands than have continents.Influences of Geographic Environment|Ellen Churchill Semple
British Dictionary definitions for scanter
Word Origin for scant
Word Origin and History for scanter
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.