- The definition of scant is barely sufficient or available only in very small quantities.
When you show little care for your safety and run around continually engaging in dangerous behaviors like sky diving and cliff jumping, this is an example of a time when you act with scant regard for your safety
- To scant is to deal with in an inadequate or neglectful manner or to provide in insufficient amounts.
When a parent gives a child only very occasional attention and does not provide for the child's needs, this is an example of a time when the parent scants his care responsibilities.
- inadequate in size or amount; not enough; meager: showing scant regard for the law
- not quite up to full measure: measuring a scant meter across
Origin of scantMiddle English from Old Norse skamt from skammr, short: see scamp
- to limit in size or amount; stint
- to fail to give full measure of
- to furnish with an inadequate supply, short ration, etc.
- to treat in an inadequate manner
- Barely sufficient: paid scant attention to the lecture.
- Falling short of a specific measure: a scant cup of sugar.
- Inadequately supplied; short: We were scant of breath after the lengthy climb.
transitive verbscant·ed, scant·ing, scants
- To give an inadequate portion or allowance to: had to scant the older children in order to nourish the newborn.
- To limit, as in amount or share; stint: Our leisure time is scanted by this demanding job.
- To deal with or treat inadequately or neglectfully; slight.
Origin of scantMiddle English from Old Norse skamt neuter of skammr short
(comparative scanter, superlative scantest)
- 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
- Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
(third-person singular simple present scants, present participle scanting, simple past and past participle scanted)
- (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.
- With difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
From Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr (“short")