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Scant meaning

scant - 11 dictionary results

  1. 1. supply sparingly and with restricted quantities; " sting with the allowance"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
  4. 4. To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries.
  5. 5. To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail.
  6. 6. To fail, or become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants.
  7. 7. In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
  8. 8. Scantness; scarcity.
  9. 9. Not plentiful; sparing.
  10. 10. Seantness.
  11. 11. To make scant; limit.

scant - examples of usage

  1. Given time- of which there is no scant in the matter of organic development- and cunning will do more with ill luck than folly with good. - "Luck or Cunning?", Samuel Butler.
  2. Poor old gentleman, it would be unkind if his last fancies received scant attention. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. Miss Burgoyne said, with but scant courtesy; and she led the way into her sitting- room, and also intimated to her maid that she might retire into the inner apartment. - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
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