scanty

[ skan-tee ]
/ ˈskæn ti /

adjective, scant·i·er, scant·i·est.

scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
meager; not adequate.
lacking amplitude in extent or compass.

noun, plural scant·ies.

scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.

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Origin of scanty

First recorded in 1650–60; scant + -y1; (def. 4) blend of scanty and panties

synonym study for scanty

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM scanty

scant·i·ly, adverbscant·i·ness, nounun·scant·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scanty

scanty
/ (ˈskæntɪ) /

adjective scantier or scantiest

limited; barely enough; meagre
insufficient; inadequate
lacking fullness; small

Derived forms of scanty

scantily, adverbscantiness, noun
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