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Princeton's WordNet

  1. light, scant(p), shortverb

    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, scantverb

    work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially

  3. scant, skimpverb

    limit in quality or quantity

  4. stint, skimp, scantverb

    supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

    "sting with the allowance"


  1. scantnoun

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

  2. scantnoun

    A sheet of stone.

  3. scantnoun

    A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.

  4. scantverb

    To limit in amount or share; to stint.

  5. scantadjective

    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. Scantverb

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

  4. Scantverb

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

  5. Scantverb

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

  6. Scantadverb

    in a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly

  7. Scantnoun

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. scant

    A term applied to the wind when it heads a ship off, so that she will barely lay her course when the yards are very sharp up.

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  1. cants

  2. canst, can'st

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  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

Examples of scant in a Sentence

  1. Drew Hammill:

    Eight days after a federal judge ordered the Trump Administration to immediately begin the process of reuniting the children they put in cages back with their families, there's scant evidence that a comprehensive plan to do just that has been developed, congressional oversight of this matter has already been proven to be critical in ensuring that the Administration's constant abuses are held in check, that the law is being obeyed, and that taxpayers' resources are not being squandered.

  2. Michael Polak:

    I was shocked at the scant response to our original lengthy and evidence-based complaint, which was to simply refer us back to the IOC Executive Committee, the very subject of our ethical complaint.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Tim Quinlan:

    Third quarter consumer spending is on track for only a scant gain, if COVID cases keep falling and sentiment turns positive, there is scope for a more solid finish to this tumultuous year.

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