Meaning of scant

scant

Pronunciation: (skant), [key]
— adj., v., adv. -er, -est,
—adj.
  1. barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice.
  2. limited; meager; not large: a scant amount.
  3. barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful.
  4. having an inadequate or limited supply (usually fol. by of&hasp;): scant of breath.
—v.t.
  1. to make scant; diminish.
  2. to stint the supply of; withhold.
  3. to treat slightly or inadequately.
—adv.
  1. scarcely; barely; hardly.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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