scanty

adjective
\ˈskan-tē \
scantier; scantiest

Definition of scanty 

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

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Other Words from scanty

scantily \ˈskan-tə-lē \ adverb
scantiness \ˈskan-tē-nəs \ noun

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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 scanty in a Sentence

The cheerleaders wore scanty outfits. the camera's scanty instructions left me somewhat confused

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In the most recent quarter ended March 31, broadcasting was the second-smallest contributor to revenue of all Disney’s operations, and by far the smallest contributor to profit, earning a scanty $343 million in operating profit. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Canceling 'Roseanne' may have been the easiest decision Disney ever made. Here's why," 30 May 2018 Persky then allowed photographs of wearing a scanty Halloween outfit sometime after the attack to be submitted as evidence. Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "Brock Turner, the 'Athlete Bias,' and the Movement That Produced the Recall of Judge Aaron Persky," 6 June 2018 Discarding even the tights, the Menken wore only a scanty white blouse and shorts that came up well above her knees. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 19th century nude scene that took San Francisco by storm," 27 Apr. 2018 Areas farthest out received scanty deposition of the finest particles amid brackish tides, becoming grassy wetlands or saline marsh. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, "How Humans Sank New Orleans," 6 Feb. 2018 But his background in film is scanty, columnist Janusz Wroblewski, who covers the film industry for Polish daily Polityka, says. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Polish Filmmakers Concerned About New Head of Film-Financing Organization," 11 Dec. 2017 Second-and-third-tier super PACs with scanty track records and little known about them have jumped in to fill the gap. Ashley Balcerzak, NBC News, "Mystery money floods Alabama in Senate race’s final days," 8 Dec. 2017 Kids and adults alike around the country and beyond dress up in ghoulish masks or devilishly scanty costumes, and go out on the town for some wicked fun. Marjua Estevez, Billboard, "Day of the Dead Google Doodle: 5 Things to Know About the Mexican Holiday," 2 Nov. 2017 His later political career was notable in its ambitions, though scanty in its achievements. The Economist, "Barbed humourObituary: Richard “Dick” Gregory died on August 19th," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of scanty

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scanty

English dialect scant scanty supply, from Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, from neuter of skammr short

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scanty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of scanty

: very small in size or amount

scanty

adjective
\ˈskan-tē \
scantier; scantiest

Kids Definition of scanty

: barely enough : lacking in size or quantity a scanty harvest

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