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[skant] /skænt/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (adj.) < Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr short
Related forms
scantly, adverb
scantness, noun
Synonyms
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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British Dictionary definitions for scant of

scant

/skænt/
adjective
1.
scarcely sufficient; limited: he paid her scant attention
2.
(prenominal) slightly short of the amount indicated; bare: a scant ten inches
3.
(postpositive) foll by of. having a short supply (of)
verb (transitive)
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
adverb
7.
scarcely; barely
Derived Forms
scantly, adverb
scantness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse skamt, from skammr/short; related to Old High German scam
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Word Origin and History for scant of

scant

adj.

mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr "short, brief"), from Proto-Germanic *skamma- (cf. Old English scamm "short," Old High German skemmen "to shorten"), perhaps ultimately "hornless," from PIE *kem- (see hind (n.)). Also in Middle English as a noun, "scant supply, scarcity," from Old Norse. As a verb and adverb from mid-15c.

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