scant

adjective
\ ˈskant How to pronounce scant (audio) \

Definition of scant

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 dialect
a : excessively frugal
b : not prodigal : chary
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 : having a small or insufficient supply he's fat, and scant of breath— William Shakespeare

scant

adverb

Definition of scant (Entry 2 of 3)

dialect

scant

verb
scanted; scanting; scants

Definition of scant (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from scant

Adjective

scantly adverb
scantness noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of scant in a Sentence

Adjective Food was in scant supply. She paid scant attention to the facts. Police found scant evidence of fraud. Verb don't scant the peanut butter on those sandwiches!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Durham was flagged for offensive pass interference, angering the Purdue sideline after replays revealed scant evidence of a foul. Dave Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Late interception helps Minnesota hang on for a 34-31 win over Purdue," 20 Nov. 2020 The families and their lawyers are challenging this claim by noting that there is scant evidence of any actual ongoing investigation by Ethiopia, which already released a comprehensive interim report on the crash this past March. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "The Boeing 737 MAX Is Cleared to Fly. Families of People Who Died on the Planes Wait for Answers.," 19 Nov. 2020 Mini provided scant details on the Urbanaut's powertrain, chassis, or autonomous technology. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Mini Reveals Urbanaut Concept, a Vision for an Automated Future," 17 Nov. 2020 But there’s scant evidence that Mr. Wong’s call for a boycott has been widely adopted by ordinary viewers. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Hollywood turns a blind eye to China’s human rights abuses," 17 Nov. 2020 There’s scant evidence that controversial policy positions doomed down-ballot candidates on Election Day. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Don’t Blame the Left for the Democrats’ Losses," 16 Nov. 2020 The Pac-12 list this season is largely based on residual hype, comments from coaches and scant video evidence, with media across the conference unable to observe any practice in the lead-up to the Saturday start. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC tops preseason All-Pac-12 football team with six first-team selections," 5 Nov. 2020 City officials have provided scant details about the shooting. Anchorage Daily News, "Family calls for justice, not murder charge, in Philadelphia police shooting of Black man in distress," 30 Oct. 2020 City officials have provided scant details about the shooting. Washington Post, "Walter Wallace Jr.’s family calls for justice as Philadelphia shooting reignites tensions between police, residents," 29 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bennett’s story began in southern Georgia’s rural Brantley County, home to scant football tradition when the Bennetts arrived from the Atlanta suburbs in 2004. Laine Higgins And Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Georgia’s Quarterback Is a 5-Foot-11 ‘Mailman’," 16 Oct. 2020 Yet geriatrics is badly scanted in standard medical training. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Elderhood’ Review: The Way We Age Now," 17 Jan. 2020 Issues that involve race — such as voting-rights cases and challenges to affirmative action in higher education — receive extensive treatment, while other, no less interesting and important questions are scanted or ignored. Carson Holloway, National Review, "John Roberts: A Political Judge?," 20 June 2019 Foxhall’s history of migraine, unlike the self-help books, accommodates human complexity without scanting medicine’s contributions to a condition that affects roughly 1 in 7 people on our planet. Sibbie O'sullivan, Washington Post, "Migraines have plagued me for years. A new book puts my pain in perspective.," 10 June 2019 Yet, in his close attention to what the men inside the White House thought and did, Zeitz scants the larger reasons for their success and eventual downfall. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "Realistic Ambitions," 27 Feb. 2018 Hospitals and heroic interventions got the large investments; incrementalists were scanted. Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, "The Heroism of Incremental Care," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of scant

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scant

Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for scant

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The first known use of scant was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scant. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for scant

scant

adjective
How to pronounce scant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scant

: very small in size or amount

scant

adjective
\ ˈskant How to pronounce scant (audio) \

Kids Definition of scant

1 : barely enough Ramona paid scant attention to this little speech …— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby
2 : not quite to a full amount, degree, or extent He poured a scant cup of milk.

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