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Meaning of SCANT

Pronunciation:  skant

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  supply sparingly, with a meager allowance
  2. [v]  limit in quality or quantity
  3. [v]  work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially

SCANT is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: skimp, skimp, stint
 See Also: furnish, gloss over, provide, render, restrict, skate over, skimp over, slur over, smooth over, supply, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scant\, a. [Compar. {Scanter}; superl. {Scantest}.]
    [Icel. skamt, neuter of skamr, skammr, short; cf. skamta to
    dole out, to portion.]
    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.
             His sermon was scant, in all, a quarter of an hour.
    2. Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
             Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence. --Shak.
    Syn: See under {Scanty}.
  2. \Scant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scanted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as,
       to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use
       of necessaries.
             Where a man hath a great living laid together and
             where he is scanted.                  --Bacon.
             I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your
             actions.                              --Dryden.
    2. To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to
       curtail. ``Scant not my cups.'' --Shak.
  3. \Scant\, v. i.
    To fail, or become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants.
  4. \Scant\, adv.
    In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly. [Obs.]
          So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs.
  5. \Scant\, n.
    Scantness; scarcity. [R.] --T. Carew.