scant

[ skant ]
/ skænt /

adjective, scant·er, scant·est.

verb (used with object)

adverb

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

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 scanter

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 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 scanter

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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