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 Advocating for nutritious eating makes a scant difference in a food desert. Lloyd B. Minor, Fortune, "These five numbers tell you everything you need to know about racial disparities in health care," 8 July 2020 With the exception of large storms over a few days in late May, rainfall in Ohio's vast Maumee River Watershed, a main tributary to western Lake Erie, was relatively scant. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Lake Erie algae bloom forecast improved, but states failing in war against nutrient loads," 9 July 2020 The sudden shift is an indication that as researchers across the globe race to learn more about the virus that causes COVID-19, there’s scant evidence of its effects on pregnant women. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Cleveland doctors want to address lack of data on pregnant women and coronavirus through citywide study," 9 July 2020 The trade-off is disheartening: there’s scant sense of dramatic freedom or of wide-ranging attention to the varied imaginative implications of the material. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Old Guard,” Reviewed: Warriors Who Can Never Die, or Free Themselves from Genre Constraints," 9 July 2020 Yet, with scant evidence of progress in states across the Sun Belt — and beyond — experts are increasingly concluding that more drastic measures are necessary. Washington Post, "Time to shut down again? As coronavirus cases surge, a growing chorus makes the case," 8 July 2020 Though the data are still fairly scant, scientists have a couple of hypotheses that link these two apparently disparate things—flight and tolerance to viruses. Rachel Ehrenberg, Ars Technica, "The bat-virus détente," 3 July 2020 The team turned its attention to MESSENGER’s 2007 flyby of Venus, which was made on the spacecraft’s way to Mercury—and produced a scant 45 minutes of data. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "How Long Do Neutrons Live? Space Probe Could Put Debate to Rest," 25 June 2020 From 2000-11 under Slocum and then Dennis Franchione and Mike Sherman, A&M signed a scant six five-star prospects, never more than one in a year. ExpressNews.com, "A&M’s history of five-star recruits shows too few, too many misses," 30 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet geriatrics is badly scanted in standard medical training. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Elderhood’ Review: The Way We Age Now," 17 Jan. 2020 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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The first known use of scant was in the 14th century

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1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scant. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for scant

scant

adjective
How to pronounce scant (audio)

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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