Definition of scanty :
1. Somewhat less than is needed; insufficient; scant; as, a scanty supply of words; a scanty supply of bread.
2. Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.
3. Wanting amplitude or extent; narrow; small; not abundant.
insufficient (part of speech: adjective)
incomplete (part of speech: adjective)
missing, unsatisfactory, unaccomplished, patchy, undone, immature, curtailed, sectional, incomplete, discontinuous, segmental, fractional, insufficient, embryonic, unattained, unfinished, unfulfilled, fragmentary, unachieved, partial, lacking
little (part of speech: adjective)
small (part of speech: adjective)
teeny-weeny, miserly, delicate, slim, scant, 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
few (part of speech: adjective)
- The materials are scanty in the extreme and the framework also is wanting. - "The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI.", Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton.
- " We have given but a very scanty description of the system pursued at Ralahine. - "In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out", Booth, William.
- We all set to work to hunt for more, and were fortunate in finding another nest, the eggs being a welcome addition to our scanty supply of food. - "On the Banks of the Amazon", W.H.G. Kingston.