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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

Considering the importance of resentment in our lives, and the damage it does, it receives scant attention from psychiatrists and psychologists. Resentment is a great rationalizer: it presents us with selected versions of our own past, so that we do not recognize our own mistakes and avoid the necessity to make painful choices.
Theodore Dalrymple

At least 80 percent of American prisoners are grossly over-sentenced. The Supreme Court knows this, but shows scant concern for this human side of criminal justice.
Conrad Black

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
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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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