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scanty

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adjective \ˈskan-tē\

Simple Definition of scanty

  • : very small in size or amount

Full Definition of scanty

scant·i·erscant·i·est

  1. :  limited or less than sufficient in degree, quantity, or extent

scant·i·ly play \ˈskan-tə-lē\ adverb
scant·i·ness play \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

Synonym Discussion of scanty

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>.

Rhymes with scanty


SCANTY Defined for Kids

scanty

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adjective \ˈskan-tē\

Definition of scanty

scant·i·erscant·i·est

  1. :  barely enough :  lacking in size or quantity <a scanty harvest>





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