- barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice.
- limited; meager; not large: a scant amount.
- barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful.
- having an inadequate or limited supply (usually followed by of): scant of breath.
- to make scant; diminish.
- to stint the supply of; withhold.
- to treat slightly or inadequately.
- Scot. and North England Dialect. scarcely; barely; hardly.
Origin of scant
Synonyms for scantSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for scantestpaltry, slight, scanty, sparse, insufficient, mere, skimpy, short, spare, skimp, bare, thin, scrimp, wanting, close, deficient, exiguous, failing, limited, little
Examples from the Web for scantest
Contemporary Examples of scantest
Etched into it is the scantest of inscriptions: “Trayvon Martin, February 26, 2012.”Sanford Mourns the Loss of Trayvon All Over Again
July 14, 2013
Historical Examples of scantest
He had given merely the scantest news of his whereabouts and his well-being.Cape of Storms
The portrait accompanying the volume gave us, alas, but the scantest satisfaction.Notes of a Son and Brother
There is a kind of legend about the haughty, unbending chief, who treated all his followers with the scantest courtesy.Leinster
Stephen Lucius Gwynn
The latter had perceived his daughter as she passed at a short distance, with scantest form of recognition.Menotah
Ernest G. Henham
Clarisse squatted down on the big floor cushion, her skirt just touching her knees by the scantest rim.Jane Allen: Center
- 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)
- to limit in size or quantity
- to provide with a limited or inadequate supply of
- to treat in a slighting or inadequate manner
- scarcely; barely
Word Origin for scant
Word Origin and History for scantest
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.