(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. not full, large, or plentiful; very little; not enough.

- a scant cup of sugar

Similar word(s): deficient, insufficient, light, short

Sentences with scant as an adjective:

- "After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John."

- a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment


1. With difficulty; scarcely; hardly.


1. (masonry) A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.

2. (masonry) A sheet of stone.

3. (wood) A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.


1. work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially

Similar word(s): skimp

Definition categories: social, work

2. limit in quality or quantity

Similar word(s): skimp

Definition categories: social, bound, confine, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel

3. supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

Similar word(s): skimp, stint

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

Sentences with scant as a verb:

- to scant someone in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries

- The wind scants.