adjective, scant·er, scant·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of scant
Synonyms for scant
Related Words for scantnessscarcity, lack, defect, dearth, deficiency, shortcoming, want, inadequacy, deficit, weakness, paucity, failure, insufficiency, curtailment, shortfall, pinch, lapse, scantiness, poverty, leanness
Examples from the Web for scantness
Historical Examples of scantness
Wasn't there a good deal of talk about the scantness of some of the ladies' dresses?Poor Relations
This was the quelling they brought, a scantness of drink that seized him.
Her satin dress was a mere sheath, so conspicuous by its severity and scantness that every one in the dining-room stared.Song of the Lark
Then immediately, through the scantness of the apartment, he heard the outer bell resound.The Pace That Kills
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.