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Definition of Scant


  1. 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.
  2. Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
  3. To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries.
  4. To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail.
  5. To fail, or become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants.
  6. In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
  7. Scantness; scarcity.

Scant Quotations

Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.
Galileo Galilei

I recommend limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly scant minimum.
Quentin Crisp

Where minds differ and opinions swerve there is scant a friend in that company.
Elizabeth I

I thought depression was the part of my character that made me worthwhile. I thought so little of myself, felt that I had such scant offerings to give to the world, that the one thing that justified my existence at all was my agony.
Elizabeth Wurtzel

As with the onset of sudden celebrity, for the newly rich, the world often becomes a darker, narrower, less generous place; a paradox that elicits scant sympathy, but is nonetheless true.
Felix Dennis
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Scant Translations

scant in German is knausern mit
scant in Italian is scarso
scant in Spanish is cenido, escatimar

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