Paid scant attention to the lecture.
A scant cup of sugar.
We were scant of breath after the lengthy climb.
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.
Showing scant regard for the law.
Measuring a scant meter across.
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.
Had to scant the older children in order to nourish the newborn.
Our leisure time is scanted by this demanding job.
"After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John."
A scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment.
The wind scants.
Origin of scant
- Middle English from Old Norse skamt neuter of skammr short
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr (“short")