- 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 scantiness
Once or twice he had shaken his head at the scantiness of all their provisions for life.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
"In the scantiness of your raiment, Citoyenne," he answered acidly.The Trampling of the Lilies
Knowing the scantiness of the Oriental breakfast, we are not surprised.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Their scantiness of raiment, it is pleaded in their behalf, is due in no sense to immodesty.East of Suez
Frederic Courtland Penfield
But his courage and activity made up for the scantiness of his resources.
- limited; barely enough; meagre
- insufficient; inadequate
- lacking fullness; small
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Word Origin and History for scantiness
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