- 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