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scant +‎ -y


  • IPA(key): /ˈskænti/
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  • Rhymes: -ænti


scanty (comparative scantier, superlative scantiest)

  1. 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.
  2. Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious; stingy.
    A girl dressed in scanty clothing
    • 1725, Isaac Watts, Logick: Or, The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry after Truth, [], 2nd edition, London: [] John Clark and Richard Hett, [], Emanuel Matthews, [], and Richard Ford, [], published 1726, →OCLC:
      In illustrating a point of difficulty, be not too scanty of words.

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