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

Her husband has sporadic, limited contact with his family, but information on Xinjiang is scant. Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times, "‘They want to erase us.’ California Uighurs fear for family members in China," 9 Aug. 2019 Trump is expected to arrive in Dayton sometime Wednesday morning, though details about the visit are scant. Hannah Sparling, Cincinnati.com, "‘Sensitive, thin-skinned operator’: John Kasich blasts Donald Trump ahead of president’s visit to Dayton," 7 Aug. 2019 One big concern is whether or not this hormone therapy boosts a woman’s risk for breast cancer, because studies are scant. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Testosterone Therapy Can Restore Women’s Libido—but Questions Remain," 30 July 2019 The Post-Reforma poll finds a scant 2 percent of Mexicans name immigration as their country’s most important problem, with a 55 percent majority citing insecurity and 9 percent each mentioning corruption and unemployment. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "Unauthorized immigrants face public backlash in Mexico, survey finds," 17 July 2019 Service was scant, but the man was able to use a cellphone to call his friend in Florida, who in turn called the Sheriff’s Office in Grand Marais. Adelie Bergstrom, Twin Cities, "Man rescued after he attempted to ride Jet Ski to Isle Royale," 16 July 2019 Announced Monday at Computex in Taipei, details on the four Envy Wood Series laptops are scant. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The HP Envy Wood Series puts real walnut or birch in five stylish laptops," 28 May 2019 Joe Raedle/Getty Images Two years ago, the odd quirks of the Electoral College allowed Donald Trump to become president with a scant 46 percent of the vote. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018 The fashion on-stage, however, was decidedly more scant, as a pair of corseted showgirls sent iPhones flashing with their own sword swallowing performance in the minutes before the curtain went up. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Moulin Rouge! Premieres on Broadway With a Spectacularly Splashy Opening Night," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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scant

adjective

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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