scantness


scantness

adjective, scant·er, scant·est.

  1. barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice.
  2. limited; meager; not large: a scant amount.
  3. barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful.
  4. having an inadequate or limited supply (usually followed by of): scant of breath.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make scant; diminish.
  2. to stint the supply of; withhold.
  3. to treat slightly or inadequately.

adverb

  1. Scot. and North England Dialect. scarcely; barely; hardly.

adjective

  1. scarcely sufficient; limitedhe paid her scant attention
  2. (prenominal) slightly short of the amount indicated; barea scant ten inches
  3. (postpositive foll by of) having a short supply (of)

verb (tr)

  1. to limit in size or quantity
  2. to provide with a limited or inadequate supply of
  3. to treat in a slighting or inadequate manner

adverb

  1. scarcely; barely

n.late 14c., from scant (adj.) + -ness. Chaucer uses scantity. adj.mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr “short, brief”), from Proto-Germanic *skamma- (cf. Old English scamm “short,” Old High German skemmen “to shorten”), perhaps ultimately “hornless,” from PIE *kem- (see hind (n.)). Also in Middle English as a noun, “scant supply, scarcity,” from Old Norse. As a verb and adverb from mid-15c.

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