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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.


stint, bare, deficient, measly, poor, excess, skimp, study at scanty, sparse, insufficient, inadequate, big, skimpy, short, exiguous, thin, light, scrimp, limited.

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