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Definition small in amount — often inadequate


of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
  • I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
scanty = small in amount
  • There is scant mention of the surrounding scenery.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • scant = little
  • Tom ran toward it, a scant two hundred yards away, the dogs just ahead of him.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • scant = small in amount
  • the scanty light afforded by the old man's lamp
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • scanty = small in amount
  • 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
  • scanty = small in amount
  • Scant hope of finding a mechanic here.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • scant = little
  • 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
  • scant = small amount of
  • 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
  • scanty = small amount of
  • 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
  • scant = small in amount — often inadequate


    of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
  • The scene had a greatness that made it a different affair from my own scant home,
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • scant = small
  • ...his beard was still scanty.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • scanty = thin (small in amount)
  • 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
  • scant = little (small in amount)
  • 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
  • scanty = small in amount — often inadequate
  • 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
  • scanty = small in amount
  • It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty...... Even from your scant description, I know that I could not bear the routine and humdrum of the life that you are forced to lead.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • scant = small in amount
  • McCandless conveniently overlooked the fact that London himself had spent just a single winter in the North and that he'd died by his own hand on his California estate at the age of forty, a fatuous drunk, obese and pathetic, maintaining a sedentary existence that bore scant resemblance to the ideals he espoused in print.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • scant = little
  • 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
  • scanty = a little
  • a scanty harvest
  • A few scant moments still remain And then a silence as of the grave will fall.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • But for men with scant clothing and broken shoes, or no shoes, it was again an extreme ordeal.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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