Definition of scantle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : to cut down the supply of
2 [probably back-formation from scantling entry 1] obsolete : to adjust to a standard of measure


scan·​tle | \ ˈskantᵊl \
plural -s

Definition of scantle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : a small portion : scantling
2 : a gauge for measuring slates

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History and Etymology for scantle

Transitive verb

frequentative of scant entry 4


probably from scantle entry 1

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“Scantle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scantle. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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