adjective \ˈskan-tē\

: very small in size or amount


Full Definition of SCANTY

:  limited or less than sufficient in degree, quantity, or extent
scant·i·ly \ˈskan-tə-lē\ adverb
scant·i·ness \ˈskan-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of SCANTY

  1. The cheerleaders wore scanty outfits.
  2. <the camera's scanty instructions left me somewhat confused>

Origin of SCANTY

English dialect scant scanty supply, from Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, from neuter of skammr short
First Known Use: 1600

Rhymes with SCANTY


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