scanty

[skan-tee]
adjective, scantier, scantiest.
1.
scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
2.
meager; not adequate.
3.
lacking amplitude in extent or compass.
noun, plural scanties.
4.
scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.

Origin:
1650–60; scant + -y1; (def 4) blend of scanty and panties

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.
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scanty (ˈskæntɪ)
 
adj , scantier, scantiest
1.  limited; barely enough; meagre
2.  insufficient; inadequate
3.  lacking fullness; small
 
'scantily
 
adv
 
'scantiness
 
n

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Example sentences
The trigger for this year's drought was last year's scanty monsoon.
We marched into the mansion's courtyard, paid off the donkey driver, and
  collapsed beside our scanty possessions.
Scanty foliage is silvery green add to my plant list.
These appear when sunlight strikes tiny particles too scanty to appear as
  clouds.
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