Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Barely sufficient or adequate.
  • adj. Insufficient, as in extent or degree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Somewhat less than is needed in amplitude or extent.
  • adj. Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting amplitude or extent; narrow; small; not abundant.
  • adj. Somewhat less than is needed; insufficient; scant.
  • adj. Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lacking amplitude or extent; narrow; small; scant.
  • Limited in scope, copiousness, fullness, or abundance; barely sufficient for use or necessity: as, a scanty wardrobe.
  • Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.
  • Synonyms Short, insufficient, slender, meager.

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

  • n. short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)
  • adj. lacking in amplitude or quantity

Etymologies

scant +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was a picture of a child clad in scanty rags, showing just enough skin to make me uncomfortable.

    A Note about Alice I Have Been by author Melanie Benjamin

  • Tue 11/24/09 3: 54 PM to the contrary, I think the majority of movies have women and girls portrayed in scanty clothes and objectified roles.

    'New Moon' polls: Switching teams? Bella really the best role model? | EW.com

  • I mean by that, that their minds have been well trained but their actual knowledge of things is scanty from a lack of conventional education.

    Some New Elements in British Politics

  • To cross that exposed deck with a howling gale blowing and huge green seas coming aboard was no joke; and then to sit for two hours in scanty shelter watching Horses suffer besides!

    With Shackleton to the Antarctic

  • There were many sad spectacles among these survivors, many landing in scanty attire and with bare feet and frozen limbs, until the time came when the Society was able to step into the breach by maintaining on board each Rescue Ship, 100 sets of warm clothing, the sets being replenished each time the vessel returned from a rescue operation, and in this particular connection I should like to mention with deep gratitude the gifts in kind sent over to us by the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, whose association with the Society dates back a long time -- indeed to the First World War, in 1916, some 30 years ago.

    Heroes of the British Merchant Fleet

  • Kalandars sit upon a sofa at the side of the estrade, and seated the Caliph and Ja’afar and Masrur on the other side of the saloon; after which she called the Porter, and said, “How scanty is thy courtesy! now thou art no stranger; nay, thou art one of the household.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • What now becomes of Dr. Miller's so-called scanty and superficial convolutions with small cranial measurements?

    The Southern Sanitarium. Vol. 1, no. 4 (January 1, 1897)

  • I do not say "scanty;" on the contrary, there is plenty of it -- a great deal too much of it -- but it is the quality, the nature of the knowledge, which I quarrel with.

    Science & Education

  • A 9 billion euro stock offering would improve Deutsche Bank's credit quality, but the bank provided "scanty" information on sovereign exposures in non-trading accounts.

    MarketWatch.com - Top Stories

  • Suma Chakrabarti, ex-permanent secretary at the department of international development, said that evidence of the situation in Iraq before the invasion was 'scanty'.

    Informed Comment

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