scant

[skant]

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

Synonyms for scant

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Examples from the Web for scantest

Contemporary Examples of scantest

Historical Examples of scantest

  • He had given merely the scantest news of his whereabouts and his well-being.

    Cape of Storms

    Percival Pollard

  • The portrait accompanying the volume gave us, alas, but the scantest satisfaction.

  • 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

    Edith Bancroft


British Dictionary definitions for scantest

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 scantest

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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