What does scanty mean?

Definitions for scanty
ˈskæn tiscant·y

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pantie, panty, scanty, step-inadjective

    short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)

  2. bare(a), scanty, spareadjective

    lacking in amplitude or quantity

    "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"

Wiktionary

  1. scantyadjective

    Somewhat less than is needed in amplitude or extent.

  2. scantyadjective

    Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scantyadjective

    The same with scant.

    As long as one can increase the number, he will think the idea he hath a little too scanty for positive infinity. John Locke.

    His dominions were very narrow and scanty; for he had not the possession of a foot of land, ’till he bought a field of the sons of Heth. John Locke.

    Now scantier limits the proud arch confine,
    And scarce are seen the prostrate Nile and Rhine;
    A small Euphrates through the piece is roll’d,
    And little eagles wave their wings in gold. Alexander Pope.

    Their language being scanty, and accommodated only to the few necessaries of a needy simple life, had no words in it to stand for a thousand. John Locke.

    There remained few marks of the old tradition, so they had narrow and scanty conceptions of providence. John Woodward.

    They with such scanty wages pay
    The bondage and the slavery of years. Jonathan Swift.

    In illustrating a point of difficulty, be not too scanty of words, but rather become copious in your language. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scantyadjective

    wanting amplitude or extent; narrow; small; not abundant

  2. Scantyadjective

    somewhat less than is needed; insufficient; scant; as, a scanty supply of words; a scanty supply of bread

  3. Scantyadjective

    sparing; niggardly; parsimonious

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scanty in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scanty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of scanty in a Sentence

  1. Washington Irving:

    The great British Library --an immense collection of volumes of all ages and languages, many of which are now forgotten, and most of which are seldom read: one of these sequestered pools of obsolete literature to which modern authors repair, and draw buckets full of classic lore, or pure English, undefiled wherewith to swell their own scanty rills of thought.

  2. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford:

    It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

  3. William Temple:

    The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.

  4. Edward Bulwer-Lytton:

    It was a dark and stormy night the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

  5. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    The dreariest spot in all the land to Death they set apart; with scanty grace from Nature's hand, and none from that of Art.

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