Wasn't there a good deal of talk about the scantness of some of the ladies' dresses?
This was the quelling they brought, a scantness of drink that seized him.
Then immediately, through the scantness of the apartment, he heard the outer bell resound.
Her satin dress was a mere sheath, so conspicuous by its severity and scantness that every one in the dining-room stared.
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.