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Definition of Scanty


  1. Wanting amplitude or extent; narrow; small; not abundant.
  2. Somewhat less than is needed; insufficient; scant; as, a scanty supply of words; a scanty supply of bread.
  3. Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.

Scanty Quotations

How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world.
Franz Kafka

The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.
Thomas Paine

The Legislature of Lower Canada, consisting chiefly of Roman Catholics, could hardly be expected to support a church which they were taught to consider heretical, and in Upper Canada the scanty means at the disposal of the Government, precluded all hope.
John Strachan

Research into endometriosis is as scanty as funding.
Rose George

Without any assistance whatever, I founded a school in Weimar in 10 years. Only I could perform certain works with the scanty means that I dared not ask anyone else to work with.
Franz Liszt
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Scanty Translations

scanty in French is chiche
scanty in Italian is scarso, scarso
scanty in Latin is rarus, infrequens
scanty in Spanish is cenido, parco
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