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I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
  small in amount — often inadequate


of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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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
  • the scanty light afforded by the old man’s lamp
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • This is a moment that demands complete concentration, as you remove some of the scanty kasha from the bottom of the bowl, put it carefully into your mouth, and swirl it around there with your tongue.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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  • his father, prospering now, would have paid his way—for the precarious advantage of attending an older and more famous university in the East, where he was bothered by his scanty funds.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • We stopped only long enough to sell our scanty harvest to a buy boat along the way and then headed straight for Rass.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • ...his beard was still scanty.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • And heaven defend your good souls, that you think I will your serious and great business scant For she is with me:
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • But now, with some of the coal ash rubbed from his face, Eddie noticed the scant lines on his skin and the full head of dark hair.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • He spent his first few years perfecting his fire-and-brimstone act with monthly sermons on the evils of the greedy, and this left him scant time for anything else.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember

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  • Tom ran toward it, a scant two hundred yards away, the dogs just ahead of him.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • The scene had a greatness that made it a different affair from my own scant home,
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Scant hope of finding a mechanic here.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • A rock path and a scanty one at that.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Thomas had a hard time adjusting to the brightness, shielding his eyes and squinting as they walked close to the wall to stay in the scant shade.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • The cracked and warped wooden door of apartment 2792 looked like it had been put there a thousand years ago, only a few scant remnants of faded green paint remaining.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • A peasant from one village may be completely incapable of conversing with a peasant from another village only scant miles away.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Her job was to be a lonely housewife and invite him in, scantily clad and desperate for company.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • For a scant few minutes, that twinkling bathroom became a world unto itself; a cocoon far away from trouble and war.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Though deep down she knew she should pace herself, she found herself trying to keep up with the scantily clad, surgically enhanced, mascara-wearing woman next to her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • It was like we were doing one of those elaborate Modegan court dances, where the partners stand scant inches apart, but—if they are skilled—never touch.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But it was the features of his face that I could not look away from, his brush of hair, his nose, his tender, scant mouth.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The family allowed Nat scanty nods of acknowledgment, but William did not alter a muscle of his tight-clenched jaw.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • There was also a scant amount of yellow fat.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • By no means were those two scant meals enough to satisfy my hunger, but they were more than I had ever been given in Plaszow, more than I’d had at one time in nearly two years.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I’m sure the clique of giggling girls behind me that are scantily, yet expensively clad, are expecting my reaction to be to drop my things and run to the nearest restroom crying.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • In a flash of spray and spume and chilled blood, I stood upon the dock a scant four seconds after Stone delivered the news about the shark.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • They had brought scraps from garbage pails and even tidbits from their own scanty plates smuggled past watchful mothers, and Mr. Hashbaz had remained sleek and fat.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I said with scant interest.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This beer parlor has a dingy red carpet and cheesy black tables and plastic-upholstered chairs and scant lighting, and reeks of car ashtray; the other beer parlors we drink in are similar.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I blinked several times in succession, helping my eyes hurry and adapt to the scant light.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Frank stood a scant four inches above my own five foot six.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • V. QUITE HONESTLY, MY DECK ER grandparents were the last thing on my mind, which was just as well since Social Services was unable to run them down right away on the scanty information I had given them.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She was a woman who’d once wished she’d grow taller than her scant five three, and curvier than the slim, teenage boy body the fates had granted her.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • One was fair, a little scantily dressed, in a glittering short skirt and spangled top.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Quite a few of the rest were shamelessly bawdy, painted with scantily clad and unclad women.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But it’s not Alex’s black eyes staring at my scantily clad body.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • The grass was scanty, coarse, and grey; and the leaves in the thickets were faded and falling.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • She found a peasant and his wife, hard working, bent down by care and labour, distributing a scanty meal to five hungry babes.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Their own provisions were very scanty.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Copses of dates and dwarf-palms succeeded the dense forests; then vast, dry plains, dotted with scanty shrubs, and sown with great blocks of syenite.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He went out of the room calling "Ewing!" and returned in a few minutes accompanied by an embarrassed, slightly worn young man, with shell-rimmed glasses and scanty blond hair.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Colonel Lloyd’s slaves were in the habit of spending a part of their nights and Sundays in fishing for oysters, and in this way made up the deficiency of their scanty allowance.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • "You are married, then?" said the priest, with a show of interest, glancing round as he spoke at the scanty furnishings of the apartment.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He also bore a knife in a girdle of wampum, like that which confined the scanty garments of the Indian, but no tomahawk.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The scanty parish dress, the livery of his misery, hung loosely on his feeble body; and his young limbs had wasted away, like those of an old man.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The ones closer to the float were all looking at the scantily clad girls.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • His face was very truculent, grey and massive, with black cavernous nostrils and circled by a scanty white fur.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
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