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scant

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adjective \ˈskant\

Simple Definition of scant

  • : very small in size or amount

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scant

  1. 1 dial a :  excessively frugalb :  not prodigal :  chary

  2. 2a :  barely or scarcely sufficient; especially :  not quite coming up to a stated measure <a scant teaspoon>b :  lacking in amplitude or quantity <scant growth>

  3. 3 :  having a small or insufficient supply <he's fat, and scant of breath — Shakespeare>

scantly

adverb

scantness

noun

Examples of scant in a sentence

  1. Food was in scant supply.

  2. She paid scant attention to the facts.

  3. Police found scant evidence of fraud.



Origin and Etymology of scant

Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr short


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of scant

meager, scanty, scant, skimpy, spare, sparse mean falling short of what is normal, necessary, or desirable. meager implies the absence of elements, qualities, or numbers necessary to a thing's richness, substance, or potency <a meager portion of meat>. scanty stresses insufficiency in amount, quantity, or extent <supplies too scanty to last the winter>. scant suggests a falling short of what is desired or desirable rather than of what is essential <in January the daylight hours are scant>. skimpy usually suggests niggardliness or penury as the cause of the deficiency <tacky housing developments on skimpy lots>. spare may suggest a slight falling short of adequacy or merely an absence of superfluity <a spare, concise style of writing>. sparse implies a thin scattering of units <a sparse population>.

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scant

adverb

Definition of scant

dial

  1. :  scarcely, hardly



15th Century

First Known Use of scant

15th century


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scant

transitive verb

Definition of scant

  1. 1 :  to provide an incomplete supply of

  2. 2 :  to make small, narrow, or meager

  3. 3 :  to give scant attention to :  slight

  4. 4 :  to provide with a meager or inadequate portion or supply :  stint



Examples of scant in a sentence

  1. <don't scant the peanut butter on those sandwiches!>



Circa 1580

First Known Use of scant

circa 1580


SCANT Defined for Kids

scant

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adjective \ˈskant\

Definition of scant for Students

  1. 1 :  barely enough <Ramona paid scant attention to this little speech … — Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby>

  2. 2 :  not quite to a full amount, degree, or extent <He poured a scant cup of milk.>





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