adjective, scant·er, scant·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of scant
Synonyms for scant
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.
Word Origin for scant
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.