- 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 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
- 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
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.