Scant (?), a. [Compar. Scanter (?); superl. Scantest.] [Icel. skamt, neuter of skamr, skammr, short; cf. skamta to dole out, to portion.]


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. Ridley.


Sparing; parsimonious; chary.

Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence. Shak.

Syn. -- See under Scanty.


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Scant, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Scanting.]


To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries.

Where 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.


To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail.

"Scant not my cups."



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Scant, v. i.

To fail, of become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants.


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Scant, adv.

In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly.



So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs. Fuller.


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Scant, n.

Scantness; scarcity.


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