Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- Very little, very few.
- "After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John."
- Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; scanty; meager; not enough.
- a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment
- His sermon was scant, in all, a quarter of an hour.
- Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
- Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence.
- (transitive) To limit in amount or share; to stint.
- to scant someone in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries
- Scant not my cups.
- Francis Bacon
- where man hath a great living laid together and where he is scanted
- I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your actions.
- (intransitive) To fail, or become less; to scantle.
- The wind scants.
scant (plural scants)
- (masonry) A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.
- (masonry) A sheet of stone.
- (wood) A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.
- For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.
scant (not comparable)
- With difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
- So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)