- barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice.
- limited; meager; not large: a scant amount.
- barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful.
- having an inadequate or limited supply (usually followed by of): scant of breath.
- to make scant; diminish.
- to stint the supply of; withhold.
- to treat slightly or inadequately.
- Scot. and North England Dialect. scarcely; barely; hardly.
Origin of scant
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Related Words for scantlycomparatively, practically, seldom, barely, simply, somewhat, rarely, just, gradually, imperceptibly, infrequently, little, only, slightly, sporadically, faintly, perceptibly, scantly, sparsely
Examples from the Web for scantly
Historical Examples of scantly
I scantly wis—marry, methinks with the Court, at this present.
Come, Sir, I should scantly play the same trick on you twice.
You scantly looked, as methinks, for a visit of ours this even?
“That were scantly the mean, I take it,” quietly returned he.
“I scantly know, Jack,” answered he, shaking his white head.
- 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)
- to limit in size or quantity
- to provide with a limited or inadequate supply of
- to treat in a slighting or inadequate manner
- scarcely; barely
Word Origin for scant
Word Origin and History for scantly
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.