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scanty

[skan-tee] /ˈskæn ti/
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
1650-1660
1650-60; scant + -y1; (def 4) blend of scanty and panties
Related forms
scantily, adverb
scantiness, noun
unscanty, adjective
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1, 2. plentiful, ample.
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British Dictionary definitions for unscanty

scanty

/ˈskæntɪ/
adjective scantier, scantiest
1.
limited; barely enough; meagre
2.
insufficient; inadequate
3.
lacking fullness; small
Derived Forms
scantily, adverb
scantiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unscanty

scanty

adj.

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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