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scant·y

 (skăn′tē)
adj. scant·i·er, scant·i·est
1. Small or insufficient in amount, size, or extent: scanty rations; scanty evidence.
2. Not covering a considerable amount of the body: a scanty bathing suit.

scant′i·ly adv.
scant′i·ness n.

scanty

(ˈskæntɪ)
adj, scantier or scantiest
1. limited; barely enough; meagre
2. insufficient; inadequate
3. lacking fullness; small
ˈscantily adv
ˈscantiness n

scant•y

(ˈskæn ti)

adj. scant•i•er, scant•i•est, adj.
1. insufficient in amount, extent, or degree.
n.
2. scanties, very brief underpants, esp. for women.
[1650–60; scant (in obsolete or dial. n. sense “dearth”) + -y1; (definition 4)b. scanty and panties]
scant′i•ly, adv.
scant′i•ness, n.
syn: 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 distributed: sparse vegetation; a sparse population.
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Noun1.scanty - short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)scanty - short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)
underpants - an undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs; usually worn next to the skin
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Adj.1.scanty - lacking in amplitude or quantityscanty - lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"

scanty

adjective
1. meagre, sparse, poor, thin, narrow, sparing, restricted, bare, inadequate, pathetic, insufficient, slender, scant, deficient, exiguous So far, what scanty evidence we have points to two subjects.
2. skimpy, short, brief, tight, thin, indecent a model in scanty clothing

scanty

adjective
Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
Translations

scanty

[ˈskæntɪ] ADJ (scantier (compar) (scantiest (superl))) [meal etc] → insuficiente; [clothing] → ligero; [evidence] → insuficiente; [information] → insuficiente, escaso

scanty

[ˈskænti] adj
(= not enough) [evidence, information] → peu abondant(e), insuffisant(e), maigre
[clothing] girls in scanty clothing → des filles vêtues du strict minimum

scanty

adj (+er) amount, supply, information, knowledgespärlich, dürftig; vegetation, meal alsokärglich; harvest alsomager; hairschütter; piece of clothingknapp

scanty

[ˈskæntɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (meal) → scarso/a; (clothing) → succinto/a; (swimsuit) → ridotto/a

scanty

a. escaso-a, limitado-a, no abundante.
References in classic literature ?
He also bore a knife in a girdle of wampum, like that which confined the scanty garments of the Indian, but no tomahawk.
The distinguishing mark of the hens was a crest of lamentably scanty growth, in these latter days, but so oddly and wickedly analogous to Hepzibah's turban, that Phoebe--to the poignant distress of her conscience, but inevitably --was led to fancy a general resemblance betwixt these forlorn bipeds and her respectable relative.
A small wool hat rested on the top of his nose, for so his scanty strip of forehead might be called, and the skirts of his black coat fluttered out almost to the horses tail.
The Grimsel is CERTAINEMENT a wonderful place; situated at the bottom of a sort of huge crater, the sides of which are utterly savage GEBIRGE, composed of barren rocks which cannot even support a single pine ARBRE, and afford only scanty food for a herd of GMWKWLLOLP, it looks as if it must be completely BEGRABEN in the winter snows.
Colonel Lloyd's slaves were in the habit of spend- ing a part of their nights and Sundays in fishing for oysters, and in this way made up the deficiency of their scanty allowance.
and Miss Bates loved to be called on, and she knew she was considered by the very few who presumed ever to see imperfection in her, as rather negligent in that respect, and as not contributing what she ought to the stock of their scanty comforts.
Poverty looks grim to grown people; still more so to children: they have not much idea of industrious, working, respectable poverty; they think of the word only as connected with ragged clothes, scanty food, fireless grates, rude manners, and debasing vices: poverty for me was synonymous with degradation.
asked Magdalen, putting the question as a chance means of increasing her scanty stock of information on the subject of Captain Wragge.
Hunger was the inscription on the baker's shelves, written in every small loaf of his scanty stock of bad bread; at the sausage-shop, in every dead-dog preparation that was offered for sale.
The shambling figure, and the scanty great-coat, were not to be mistaken.
This was the occasion on which fair dames who came on pillions sent their bandboxes before them, supplied with more than their evening costume; for the feast was not to end with a single evening, like a paltry town entertainment, where the whole supply of eatables is put on the table at once, and bedding is scanty.
Yet, in the eye of sober judgment, the short close tunic and long mantle of the Saxons was a more graceful, as well as a more convenient dress, than the garb of the Normans, whose under garment was a long doublet, so loose as to resemble a shirt or waggoner's frock, covered by a cloak of scanty dimensions, neither fit to defend the wearer from cold or from rain, and the only purpose of which appeared to be to display as much fur, embroidery, and jewellery work, as the ingenuity of the tailor could contrive to lay upon it.