Definition of scant :
1. In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
2. Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; less than is wanted for the purpose; scanty; meager; not enough; as, a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment.
3. Scantness; scarcity.
4. Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
5. To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail.
6. To fail, or become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants.
7. To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries.
small (part of speech: adjective)
teeny-weeny, miserly, delicate, slim, scanty, scrawny, petite, diminutive, little, toy, piddling, stingy, modest, dwarfish, teensy, wee, itty-bitty, trifling, weeny, smallish, negligible, small, deficient, tiny, microscopic, meager, minor, teeny, picayune, compact, pocket, spare, sparing, slight, short, niggardly, paltry, nugatory, baby, minute, bantam, miniature, puny, ungenerous, beggarly, minimal
- He had scant patience with my moods, and secretly I too thought they were wicked. - "The Ghost Ship", Richard Middleton.
- To this effect, that the world is a big place and a hard place, with scant measure of joy in it, for you or for me. - "The Dop Doctor", Clotilde Inez Mary Graves.
- On the first of these occasions she received him with some preoccupation, paying but little heed to the scant gossip he brought from Indian Spring, and retiring early under the plea of fatigue, that he might seek his own distant camp- fire, which, thanks to her stronger nerves and regained courage, she no longer required so near. - "In the Carquinez Woods", Bret Harte.