His pointed beard was small and scanty, and his lips, which smiled frequently, were as thin as two threads.
Beside her at the window stood a young girl, rather plain, with scanty reddish hair, poorly but very neatly dressed.
He had reddish hair and a scanty light-colored beard, very much like a wisp of tow (this comparison and the phrase "a wisp of tow" flashed at once into Alyosha’s mind for some reason, he remembered it afterwards).
The furniture was very scanty: two benches against each wall and two chairs by the table.
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I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
It was a gloomy company that huddled under the dripping trees to eat their scanty supper.
C.S. Lewis -- Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia