scant
Pronunciation Adjective

scant (comparative scanter, superlative scantest)

  1. Very little, very few.
    After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John.
  2. Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; scanty; meager; not enough.
    a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment
    • His sermon was scant, in all, a quarter of an hour.
  3. Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence.
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scant (scants, present participle scanting; past and past participle scanted)

  1. (transitive) To limit in amount or share; to stint.
    to scant someone in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene ii]:
      Scant not my cups.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Building
      where man hath a great living laid together and where he is scanted
    • I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your actions.
  2. (intransitive) To fail, or become less; to scantle.
    The wind scants.
Noun

scant (plural scants)

  1. (masonry) A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.
  2. (masonry) A sheet of stone.
  3. (wood) A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.
Adverb

scant (not comparable)

  1. With difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
    • So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs.
Noun

scant

  1. Scarcity; lack.



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