[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. scantily,
  2. scantling,
  3. scantlings,
  4. scantly,
  5. scantness,
  6. scanzoni's maneuver,
  7. scapa flow,
  8. scape,
  9. scape wheel,
  10. scapegoat

Origin of scanty

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

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.

Related formsscant·i·ly, adverbscant·i·ness, nounun·scant·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scantily


/ (ˈskæntɪ) /

adjective scantier or scantiest

limited; barely enough; meagre
insufficient; inadequate
lacking fullness; small
Derived Formsscantily, adverbscantiness, noun

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