Scant Definition

skănt
scantest, scants, scanter
adjective
scantest, scanter
Barely sufficient.
Paid scant attention to the lecture.
American Heritage
Inadequate in size or amount; not enough; meager.
Showing scant regard for the law.
Webster's New World
Not quite up to full measure.
Measuring a scant meter across.
Webster's New World
Inadequately supplied; short.
We were scant of breath after the lengthy climb.
American Heritage
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.
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verb
scants
To limit in size or amount; stint.
Webster's New World
To fail to give full measure of.
Webster's New World
To treat in an inadequate manner.
Webster's New World
To deal with or treat inadequately or neglectfully; slight.
American Heritage
To furnish with an inadequate supply, short ration, etc.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
skimpstint
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adverb
Scarcely; barely.
Webster's New World
noun
(masonry) A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.
Wiktionary

(masonry) A sheet of stone.

Wiktionary
(wood) A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Scant

Noun

Singular:
scant
Plural:
scants

Adjective

Base Form:
scant
Comparative:
scanter
Superlative:
scantest

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")

    From Wiktionary

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