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- Somewhat less than is needed in amplitude or extent.
1864–1865, Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend:
- Present on the table, one scanty pot of tea, one scanty loaf, two scanty pats of butter, two scanty rashers of bacon, two pitiful eggs, and an abundance of handsome china bought a secondhand bargain.
1979, by B. Jonson, Amerigine:
- Traditions older than paleoarctic, as scanty as the evidence may be, show clearly that colonization of Alberta and even as far north as southern Alaska came from the south.
- Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.
- I. Watts.
- In illustrating a point of difficulty, be not too scanty of words.
- I. Watts.
somewhat less than is needed in amplitude or extent
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- scanty in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- scanty in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- scanty at OneLook Dictionary Search