from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Barely sufficient: paid scant attention to the lecture.
- adj. Falling short of a specific measure: a scant cup of sugar.
- adj. Inadequately supplied; short: We were scant of breath after the lengthy climb.
- transitive v. To give an inadequate portion or allowance to: had to scant the older children in order to nourish the newborn.
- transitive v. To limit, as in amount or share; stint: Our leisure time is scanted by this demanding job.
- transitive v. To deal with or treat inadequately or neglectfully; slight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. very little, very few
- v. To limit in amount or share; to stint.
- n. A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.
- n. A sheet of stone.
- n. A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; less than is wanted for the purpose; scanty; meager; not enough.
- adj. Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
- transitive v. To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint.
- transitive v. To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail.
- intransitive v. To fail, or become less; to scantle.
- adv. In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
- n. Scantness; scarcity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Short in quantity; scarcely sufficient; rather less than is wanted for the purpose; not enough; scanty: as, a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant piece of cloth for a garment.
- Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
- Having a limited or scanty supply; scarce; short: with of.
- Nautical, of the wind, coming from a direction such that a ship will barely lie her course even when close-hauled.
- n. Scarcity; scantiness; lack.
- Scarcely; hardly.
- Scantily; sparingly.
- To put on scant allowance; limit; stint: as, to scant one in provisions or necessaries.
- To make small or scanty; diminish; cut short or down.
- To be niggard or sparing of; begrudge; keep back.
- Nautical, of the wind, to become less favorable; blow in such a direction as to hinder a vessel from continuing on her course even when close-hauled.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
- v. limit in quality or quantity
- v. supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
- adj. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr, short.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr ("short") (Wiktionary)