scant


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scant

 (skănt)
adj. scant·er, scant·est
1. Barely sufficient: paid scant attention to the lecture.
2. Falling short of a specific measure: a scant cup of sugar.
3. Inadequately supplied; short: We were scant of breath after the lengthy climb.
tr.v. scant·ed, scant·ing, scants
1. To give an inadequate portion or allowance to: had to scant the older children in order to nourish the newborn.
2. To limit, as in amount or share; stint: Our leisure time is scanted by this demanding job.
3. To deal with or treat inadequately or neglectfully; slight.

[Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr, short.]

scant′ly adv.
scant′ness n.

scant

(skænt)
adj
1. scarcely sufficient; limited: he paid her scant attention.
2. (prenominal) slightly short of the amount indicated; bare: a scant ten inches.
3. (foll by: of) having a short supply (of)
vb (tr)
4. to limit in size or quantity
5. to provide with a limited or inadequate supply of
6. to treat in a slighting or inadequate manner
adv
scarcely; barely
[C14: from Old Norse skamt, from skammr/short; related to Old High German scam]
ˈscantly adv
ˈscantness n

scant

(skænt)

adj. scant•er, scant•est,
v.
adv. adj.
1. barely sufficient in amount or quantity; meager.
2. almost as much as indicated: a scant cupful.
3. having an inadequate or limited supply (usu. fol. by of): scant of breath.
v.t.
4. to make scant; diminish.
5. to stint the supply of; withhold.
6. to treat slightly or inadequately.
adv.
7. Dial. scarcely; barely; hardly.
[1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr short]
scant′ly, adv.
scant′ness, n.

Scant

 a dearth; a scarcity; a little amount.
Example: scant of squirery, 1475.

scant


Past participle: scanted
Gerund: scanting

Imperative
scant
scant
Present
I scant
you scant
he/she/it scants
we scant
you scant
they scant
Preterite
I scanted
you scanted
he/she/it scanted
we scanted
you scanted
they scanted
Present Continuous
I am scanting
you are scanting
he/she/it is scanting
we are scanting
you are scanting
they are scanting
Present Perfect
I have scanted
you have scanted
he/she/it has scanted
we have scanted
you have scanted
they have scanted
Past Continuous
I was scanting
you were scanting
he/she/it was scanting
we were scanting
you were scanting
they were scanting
Past Perfect
I had scanted
you had scanted
he/she/it had scanted
we had scanted
you had scanted
they had scanted
Future
I will scant
you will scant
he/she/it will scant
we will scant
you will scant
they will scant
Future Perfect
I will have scanted
you will have scanted
he/she/it will have scanted
we will have scanted
you will have scanted
they will have scanted
Future Continuous
I will be scanting
you will be scanting
he/she/it will be scanting
we will be scanting
you will be scanting
they will be scanting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scanting
you have been scanting
he/she/it has been scanting
we have been scanting
you have been scanting
they have been scanting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scanting
you will have been scanting
he/she/it will have been scanting
we will have been scanting
you will have been scanting
they will have been scanting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scanting
you had been scanting
he/she/it had been scanting
we had been scanting
you had been scanting
they had been scanting
Conditional
I would scant
you would scant
he/she/it would scant
we would scant
you would scant
they would scant
Past Conditional
I would have scanted
you would have scanted
he/she/it would have scanted
we would have scanted
you would have scanted
they would have scanted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.scant - work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
2.scant - limit in quality or quantity
restrict - place under restrictions; limit access to; "This substance is controlled"
3.scant - supply sparingly and with restricted quantities; "sting with the allowance"
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"
Adj.1.scant - less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
insufficient, deficient - of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement; "insufficient funds"

scant

adjective
1. inadequate, insufficient, meagre, sparse, little, limited, bare, minimal, deficient, barely sufficient There is scant evidence of strong economic growth to come.
inadequate full, sufficient, generous, adequate, satisfactory, ample, abundant, plentiful
2. small, limited, inadequate, insufficient, meagre, negligible, measly, scanty, inconsiderable The hole was a scant 0.23 inches in diameter.

scant

adjective
1. Just sufficient:
2. Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
Translations
زَهيد، طَفيف
nedostatečnýpramalýskrovný
for lidtmanglende
rÿr, takmarkaîur
niecīgstrūcīgs

scant

[skænt] ADJ (scanter (compar) (scantest (superl))) → escaso
it measures a scant 2cmmide dos centímetros escasos
to pay scant attention to sthprestar escasa atención a algo
a scant tablespoon of sugaruna cucharada rasa de azúcar

scant

[ˈskænt] adj [regard, attention] → insuffisant(e)

scant

adj (+er)wenig inv; satisfaction, attention, respect also, chancegering; successgering, mager; supply, grazing, amountdürftig, spärlich; to do scant justice to somethingeiner Sache (dat)wenig or kaum gerecht werden; to have scant regard for somethingauf etw (acc)wenig Rücksicht nehmen; to show scant respect for somethingeiner Sache (dat)wenig Respekt entgegenbringen, für etw wenig Respekt zeigen; to pay scant attention to somethingetw kaum beachten; a scant 3 hoursknappe or kaum 3 Stunden

scant

[skænt] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) → scarso/a
with scant courtesy → poco cortesemente
to pay scant attention to → prestare poca attenzione a
they have scant respect for him → hanno scarsa considerazione per lui

scant

(skӕnt) adjective
hardly enough; not very much. scant attention; scant experience.
ˈscanty adjective
small in size; hardly enough. scanty clothing.
ˈscantiness noun
ˈscantily adverb
scantily dressed.

scant

a. escaso-a, parco-a, insuficiente.
References in classic literature ?
Turning, Maggie contemplated the dark, dust-stained walls, and the scant and crude furniture of her home.
Then all is blank; and afterward the rains beat against the grimy window-panes, or the snows fall upon my scant attire, the wheels rattle in the squalid streets where my life lies in poverty and mean employment.
Sometimes, especially at the beginning, the record is very scant.
She could not well refrain from comparing the scant protection afforded her by Clayton with what she might have expected had Tarzan of the Apes been for a single instant confronted by the sinister and menacing attitude of Monsieur Thuran.
A scant five miles north of their rude shelter, all unknown to them, and practically as remote as though separated by thousands of miles of impenetrable jungle, lay the snug little cabin of Tarzan of the Apes.
Once again these old eyes have seen this fair haven," the Ancient Mariner, beside them gazing, babbled; and Daughtry could not help but notice the way the wheat-farmer and the pawnbroker pricked their ears to listen and glanced each to the other with scant eyes.
The scene had a greatness that made it a different affair from my own scant home, and there immediately appeared at the door, with a little girl in her hand, a civil person who dropped me as decent a curtsy as if I had been the mistress or a distinguished visitor.
What is the archbishop of Savesoul's income of 100,000 pounds seized from the scant bread and cheese of hundreds of thousands of broken-backed laborers (all sure of heaven without any of Savesoul's help) what is that globular 100,000 but a Fast-Fish?
He fancied that she nodded her comprehension; and with that scant solace he had to trudge off through the rain.
A goodly sight it is to see the grand old housekeeper (harder of hearing now) going to church on the arm of her son and to observe-- which few do, for the house is scant of company in these times--the relations of both towards Sir Leicester, and his towards them.
Then she recalled the thin, terribly thin figure of Petrov, with his long neck, in his brown coat, his scant, curly hair, his questioning blue eyes that were so terrible to Kitty at first, and his painful attempts to seem hearty and lively in her presence.
He made a long story of it; but the part that had immediate interest for me was this: He said I was Sir Kay's prisoner, and that in the due course of custom I would be flung into a dungeon and left there on scant commons until my friends ransomed me -- unless I chanced to rot, first.