I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr short Date: 14th century 1. dialect a. excessively frugal b. not prodigal ; chary 2. a. 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 — Shakespeare
Synonyms: see meagerscantly adverbscantness noun II. adverb Date: 15th century dialect scarcely, hardly III. transitive verb Date: circa 1580 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • scant — scant·ies; scant·i·ly; scant·i·ness; scant·ly; scant·ness; scant; scant·ling; …   English syllables

  • scant — [ skænt ] adjective 1. ) very little or not enough: scant regard: Peter had shown scant regard for her feelings. scant attention: Jen paid scant attention to their conversation. 2. ) not more than a small amount or number: A scant fifteen minutes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Scant — Scant, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scanting}.] 1. To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries. [1913 Webster] Where a man hath a great… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scant — Scant, a. [Compar. {Scanter}; superl. {Scantest}.] [Icel. skamt, neuter of skamr, skammr, short; cf. skamta to dole out, to portion.] 1. Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; less than is wanted for the purpose; scanty; meager; not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scant — Scant, adv. In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scant — [skænt] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: skamt] 1.) not enough ▪ The story has received scant attention in the press. ▪ They produce goods with scant regard for quality. 2.) a scant cup/teaspoon etc a little less than …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scant — scant, scanty Both words have meanings to do with smallness or insufficiency. Scant is of Norse origin and came into English as several parts of speech including noun and verb as well as adjective. In current use it is only an adjective and even… …   Modern English usage

  • Scant — Scant, v. i. To fail, or become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scant — Scant, n. Scantness; scarcity. [R.] T. Carew. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scant — [skant] adj. [ME < ON skamt < skammr, short: see SCAMP2] 1. inadequate in size or amount; not enough; meager 2. lacking a small part of the whole; not quite up to full measure [a scant foot] vt. 1. to limit in size or amount; stint 2 …   English World dictionary

  • scant — index deficient, inadequate, inappreciable, insubstantial, insufficient, marginal, minimal, minor, negligible …   Law dictionary

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