Definition of


  1. (verb, possession) supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
  2. (verb, social) limit in quality or quantity
  3. (verb, social) work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
  4. (adj, all) less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
    a scant cup of sugar
    regularly gives short weight

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Synonyms of Scant

light, short, skimp, stint

Alternate forms of Scant

Derivations: scantness

Hypernyms: furnish, provide, render, restrict, supply, work

Origin of the word Scant

  1. c.1350, from O.N. skamt, neut. of skammr "short, brief." from P.Gmc. *skamma- (cf. O.E. scamm "short," O.H.G. skemmen "to shorten"), perhaps ult. "hornless." Scanty is first recorded 1660. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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