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scant

scant

 
pronunciation:
skaent
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: scanter, scantest
definition 1: barely enough in quantity or amount; very little.
There is only a scant supply of sugar left.The evidence was scant but apparently enough to convict him.
synonyms:
exiguous, meager, scanty, scrimpy, skimpy, slender, spare
antonyms:
abundant, ample, plentiful, profuse
similar words:
bare, deficient, feeble, inadequate, insubstantial, insufficient, lacking, lean, little, scarce, short, slight, slim, small, stingy, thin, tight
definition 2: just short of or barely equaling a certain measure.
Add a scant teaspoon of salt to the mixture.
similar words:
bare, deficient, incomplete, scanty, scrimpy, short, skimpy, spare
definition 3: having an insufficient amount or supply (usu. fol. by of).
I am scant of funds right now.
synonyms:
short, wanting
similar words:
deficient, lacking, scarce, shy
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scanted, scanting, scants
definition 1: to supply with an inadequate or barely adequate quantity or amount.
The vendor scanted us on our order again.
synonyms:
scrimp, stint
similar words:
cheat, limit, shortchange, skimp
definition 2: to treat neglectfully or with insufficient courtesy; slight.
If anyone scanted his daughter, they paid for it.
synonyms:
slight
similar words:
cut, ignore, insult, neglect, scamp, snub
definition 3: to decrease, limit, or reduce the size or amount of; cut down.
synonyms:
cut down, decrease, reduce
similar words:
cut, diminish, limit, restrict
derivations: scantly (adv.), scantness (n.)
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