What does scant mean?

Definitions for scantskænt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. light, scant(p), short(verb)

    less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

    "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"

  2. skimp, scant(verb)

    work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially

  3. scant, skimp(verb)

    limit in quality or quantity

  4. stint, skimp, scant(verb)

    supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

    "sting with the allowance"


  1. scant(Noun)

    A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.

  2. scant(Noun)

    A sheet of stone.

  3. scant(Noun)

    A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.

  4. scant(Verb)

    To limit in amount or share; to stint.

  5. scant(Adjective)

    very little, very few

    "After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scant

    not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; less than is wanted for the purpose; scanty; meager; not enough; as, a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment

  2. Scant

    sparing; parsimonious; chary

  3. Scant(verb)

    to limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries

  4. Scant(verb)

    to cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail

  5. Scant(verb)

    to fail, or become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants

  6. Scant(adverb)

    in a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly

  7. Scant(noun)

    scantness; scarcity

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scant

    skant, adj. not full or plentiful; scarcely sufficient: deficient.—n. scarcity: lack.—adv. scarcely: scantily.—v.t. and v.i. to limit: to stint: to begrudge.—adv. Scan′tily.—ns. Scan′tiness; Scan′-tity (obs.).—adv. Scant′ly, not fully or sufficiently, scarcely: narrowly: penuriously: scantily.—ns. Scant′ness, the condition or quality of being scant: smallness: insufficiency; Scant′-of-grace, a good-for-nothing fellow: a scapegrace.—adj. Scant′y, scant, not copious or full: hardly sufficient: wanting extent: narrow: small. [Ice. skamt, short, narrow, neut. of skammr, short.]

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Anagrams for scant »

  1. cants

  2. canst, can'st

  3. Canst


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Derek Holt at Scotiabank:

    There is scant evidence to suggest that the era of exceptionally low rates of inflation with multiple episodes of deflation has ended.

  2. The Florida Supreme Court:

    In light of the scant evidence connecting Penalver to this murder and the consequent importance of identifying the individual depicted on the videotape in sunglasses and hat, we conclude that the improperly admitted evidence and the State's suggestion that the defense tampered with or suborned perjury by an identification witness meet the cumulative error requirements outlined above and require reversal.

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