scant


1scant

adjective \ˈskant\

: very small in size or amount

Full Definition of SCANT

1
dialect
a :  excessively frugal
b :  not prodigal :  chary
2
a :  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
:  having a small or insufficient supply <he's fat, and scant of breath — Shakespeare>
scant·ly adverb
scant·ness noun

Examples of SCANT

  1. Food was in scant supply.
  2. She paid scant attention to the facts.
  3. Police found scant evidence of fraud.

Origin of SCANT

Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr short
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SCANT

2scant

adverb

Definition of SCANT

dialect

First Known Use of SCANT

15th century

3scant

transitive verb

Definition of SCANT

1
:  to provide an incomplete supply of
2
:  to make small, narrow, or meager
3
:  to give scant attention to :  slight
4
:  to provide with a meager or inadequate portion or supply :  stint

Examples of SCANT

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

First Known Use of SCANT

circa 1580

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