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 Southington police have still released only scant details about the two-car crash that happened at about 10:30 p.m. Friday at Clark Street and the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Southington High School students, staff try to recover after 17-year-old senior dies from car wreck injuries," 3 Sep. 2019 Still, scant details have emerged from the court system. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "David Ortiz hires former BPD head to look into his shooting," 25 Aug. 2019 Wilkins' lawsuit is the latest legal claim made by a former NFL cheerleader – and one that also likely has a scant chance at success since cheerleaders sign contracts that mandate such disputes be heard by an arbitrator. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Ex-Cowboys cheerleader claims in lawsuit she was paid fraction of what mascot earned," 13 June 2018 The Cavs' scant upset chances might rely on a couple of injury wild cards. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Here's why, win or lose in NBA Finals, it's time to call LeBron James the greatest ever," 30 May 2018 Details were scant, but the similarities were unnerving. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "After consecutive mass shootings, anxiety is through the roof. So are false alarms.," 7 Aug. 2019 Its economy registered a scant 2% of growth in 2018, according to the World Bank. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. punishes Syria with sanctions — but allies like Jordan also pay a price," 10 Sep. 2019 Other new trailers were even more scant on visual details. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After canceling one upgrade, Minecraft gets another—and it’s Nvidia RTX exclusive," 19 Aug. 2019 Now it must be deposited in a bank in a country where regulation is scant. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 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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The first known use of scant was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Scant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scants. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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