scant

adjective
\ˈskant \

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

Humor is scant in the remaining NBA finalists, two books that tell painful stories of boys who are slow to understand the world around them. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Heavyweight Contenders," 22 Nov. 2018 The article was scant on information, however, and Nestlé hadn't made any announcement of its own. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 If pensions are included, some three-quarters of the overall defence budget will be consumed by salaries and benefits, leaving scant funding for procurement, let alone such luxuries as research and development. The Economist, "India spends a fortune on defence and gets poor value for money," 28 Mar. 2018 DeWine gave scant detail about why the victims were killed, but said the custody of a young child played a role. Angie Wang, The Seattle Times, "Authorities: Prosecuting Ohio massacre case could last years," 14 Nov. 2018 Though the government has provided scant details about Anbang’s finances since the February takeover, authorities have in past months expressed concern about the firm’s solvency. Chao Deng, WSJ, "Anbang Sells Securities Unit in First Big Asset Sale to Raise Cash," 14 Sep. 2018 But the clues at the Ryens’ unlocked home were scant: a bloody shoe print on a sheet in the master bedroom, and a single drop of blood on a wall in the hallway. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Brown will consider new DNA testing in Chino Hills murder case," 5 July 2018 The Marlins haven’t been served the suit just yet, so details are scant. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Ex-employee sues Marlins, says team hasn't been paying for overtime | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 Because local fire departments are subject to no federal workplace safety rules and scant state regulation in much of the country, firefighters cannot count on government to help correct unsafe practices. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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scant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of scant

: very small in size or amount

scant

adjective
\ˈskant \

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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