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[skan-tee] /ˈskæn ti/
adjective, scantier, scantiest.
scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
meager; not adequate.
lacking amplitude in extent or compass.
noun, plural scanties.
scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.
Origin of scanty
1650-60; scant + -y1; (def 4) blend of scanty and panties
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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  • The trigger for this year's drought was last year's scanty monsoon.
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  • On the knotty but crucial question of how to reduce deforestation and the emissions it causes, progress was scanty.
  • So despite its rather scanty record, the ruling coalition is popular at home and abroad.
  • But on the thorniest issues, the specifics are a little scanty.
British Dictionary definitions for scanty


adjective scantier, scantiest
limited; barely enough; meagre
insufficient; inadequate
lacking fullness; small
Derived Forms
scantily, adverb
scantiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for scanty

1650s, "meager, barely sufficient for use;" 1701, "too small, limited in scope," from scant + -y (2). Related: Scantiness (1560s). Scanties (n.) "underwear" (especially for women) attested from 1928.

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