Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Scanty character or condition; lack of amplitude, greatness, or abundance; insufficiency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Quality or condition of being scanty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The quality of being scanty.
  • noun countable The result or product of being scanty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being meager

Etymologies

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From scanty +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The scantiness of the presentation also makes it hard to judge whether he has taken all of the known historical facts into account.

    Britain

  • It is the scantiness of intelligent, sympathetic, discriminating response on the part of the public which compels publishers to cheapen their ideals.

    Too Many Publishers, Too Many Books, Too many indiscriminate Book Buyers

  • It is the scantiness of intelligent, sympathetic, discriminating response on the part of the public which compels publishers to cheapen their ideals.

    2009 July 08 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • I wonder if the planned demolition of much of Coney Island's amusement area (they're putting up condominiums) means that some year soon the City will attack the morals at the mermaid parade and impose some regulation on costumes (or scantiness thereof).

    Shoot me now.

  • They're drawing less than a third or a 10th of what they once made, but they say the psychic gains far outweigh the financial scantiness.

    High earners quit rat race to pursue a passion for animals

  • They're drawing less than a third or a 10th of what they once made, but they say the psychic gains far outweigh the financial scantiness.

    High earners quit rat race to pursue a passion for animals

  • Given the nature of their silk, which is usually diaphanous, and the general scantiness of their garb, and the publicness of their picking up the coins, there is little danger that they could conceal a coin, even if they dared to do so.

    Cinnamon Roll

  • Still another turns on an Australian actress's attempt to score a green card -- she's betrayed by the scantiness of her credits on the Internet Movie Database -- and the efforts of her agnostic boyfriend, a British musician, to pass himself off as a religious Jew.

    'Crossing Over': Melting-Pot Dregs

  • “About a thousand or twelve hundred,” said Richard, affecting the indifference of his companion, but feeling privately humbled by the scantiness of his resources.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • Champlain wrote, “In consideration of the scantiness of our provisions, we decided to return to our settlement at Sainte-Croix and to wait until the following year, when we hoped to come back and explore more fully.”

    Champlain's Dream

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