- scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
- meager; not adequate.
- lacking amplitude in extent or compass.
- scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.
Origin of scanty
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1, 2. Scanty, meager, sparse refer to insufficiency or deficiency in quantity, number, etc. Scanty denotes smallness or insufficiency of quantity, number, supply, etc.: a scanty supply of food. Meager indicates that something is poor, stinted, or inadequate: meager fare; a meager income. Sparse applies particularly to that which grows thinly or is thinly strewn or sown, often over a wide area: sparse vegetation; a sparse population.
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Examples from the Web for scantily
One is forced to ask, what on earth was Andrew doing hanging out with scantily clad teenagers?Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
Her book, for example, does not discuss her buzzed-about, scantily clad Maxim photo shoot from last year, and so neither do we.'Boy Meets World' Star Danielle Fishel Is OK with Being Topanga Forever
September 11, 2014
Tell be about the scene on the sofa where you and Lady Macbeth are plotting while scantily dressed.Ethan Hawke On His Murderous, Seductive Turn as Macbeth
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It features a scantily clad woman wearing a balaclava and holding a sign championing the dissident feminist anti-Putin punk band.Miley Cyrus Twerking, Usher as Michael Jackson & More Viral Videos
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March 30, 2013
The combination of scantily clad, attractive women and scantily clad, corpulent men makes Philip Roth's imagination look feminist.All the Israeli Ladies
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June 14, 2012
Scantily furnished, and with a waxed floor, it opened into one of the side-verandas.End of the Tether
They were scantily furnished, and of comforts there were none.The Crooked House
The bothy was but scantily furnished, though it consisted of two rooms.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
All who lived with her, though well-dressed, were scantily fed and over-worked.Clotelle
William Wells Brown
We tore off parts of the clothes from our scantily clad bodies.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
- limited; barely enough; meagre
- insufficient; inadequate
- lacking fullness; small
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Word Origin and History for scantily
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