scant

[skant]
adjective, scanter, scantest.
1.
barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice.
2.
limited; meager; not large: a scant amount.
3.
barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful.
4.
having an inadequate or limited supply (usually followed by of ): scant of breath.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make scant; diminish.
6.
to stint the supply of; withhold.
7.
to treat slightly or inadequately.
adverb
8.
Scot. and North England Dialect. scarcely; barely; hardly.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr short

scantly, adverb
scantness, noun


2. scanty, small, restricted. 4. short, lacking, wanting, deficient. 5. lessen, reduce, decrease, curtail. 6. limit, restrict, skimp, scrimp. 7. slight, neglect.
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scant (skænt)
 
adj (foll by of)
1.  scarcely sufficient; limited: he paid her scant attention
2.  (prenominal) slightly short of the amount indicated; bare: a scant ten inches
3.  having a short supply (of)
 
vb
4.  to limit in size or quantity
5.  to provide with a limited or inadequate supply of
6.  to treat in a slighting or inadequate manner
 
adv
7.  scarcely; barely
 
[C14: from Old Norse skamt, from skammr/short; related to Old High German scam]
 
'scantly
 
adv
 
'scantness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

scant
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.
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Example sentences
Yet, in stark contrast to other modern expansions, there are scant signs of
  serious wage or price pressure.
They postulate that there was an extended period of evolutionary progression
  that left behind a scant fossil record.
But there was scant evidence for how it was prepared and handled.
But scant few transcend such barriers to become works of art.
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