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scant

[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 of scant
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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  • Clarisse squatted down on the big floor cushion, her skirt just touching her knees by the scantest rim.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • He had given merely the scantest news of his whereabouts and his well-being.

    Cape of Storms Percival Pollard
  • The portrait accompanying the volume gave us, alas, but the scantest satisfaction.

  • There is a kind of legend about the haughty, unbending chief, who treated all his followers with the scantest courtesy.

    Leinster Stephen Lucius Gwynn
  • On the small coral atolls, where the food supply was scantest, it was enforced by law.

    Influences of Geographic Environment Ellen Churchill Semple
  • With the scantest possible time for preparation, there was no wasting of the precious minutes.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • The latter had perceived his daughter as she passed at a short distance, with scantest form of recognition.

    Menotah Ernest G. Henham
British Dictionary definitions for scantest

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 scantest

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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