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