plural noun

scant·​ies ˈskan-tēz How to pronounce scanties (audio)
: abbreviated panties for women

Examples of scanties in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think twice before throwing your scanties to the wind in Morocco, Grenada, Bahrain or Belarus. Maureen O'Hare, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021

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Word History


blend of scant entry 1 and panties

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scanties was in 1929

Dictionary Entries Near scanties

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“Scanties.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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