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scanty

[skan-tee]
adjective, scantier, scantiest.
1.
scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
2.
meager; not adequate.
3.
lacking amplitude in extent or compass.
noun, plural scanties.
4.
scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.

Origin:
1650–60; scant + -y1; (def 4) blend of scanty and panties

scantily, adverb
scantiness, noun
unscanty, adjective


1, 2. Scanty, meager, sparse refer to insufficiency or deficiency in quantity, number, etc. Scanty denotes smallness or insufficiency of quantity, number, supply, etc.: a scanty supply of food. Meager indicates that something is poor, stinted, or inadequate: meager fare; a meager income. Sparse applies particularly to that which grows thinly or is thinly strewn or sown, often over a wide area: sparse vegetation; a sparse population.


1, 2. plentiful, ample.
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scanty (ˈskæntɪ)
 
adj , scantier, scantiest
1.  limited; barely enough; meagre
2.  insufficient; inadequate
3.  lacking fullness; small
 
'scantily
 
adv
 
'scantiness
 
n

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