Scant, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Scanting.]
1. To limit; to straiten; to treat illiberally; to stint; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries.
Where a man hath a great living laid together and where he is scanted. --Bacon.
I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your actions. --Dryden.
2. To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail. “Scant not my cups.”
Scant a. [Compar. Scanter superl. Scantest.]
1. Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; less than is wanted for the purpose; scanty; meager; not enough; as, a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment.
His sermon was scant, in all, a quarter of an hour. --Ridley.
2. Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence. --Shak.
Syn: -- See under Scanty.
Scant, v. i. To fail, or become less; to scantle; as, the wind scants.
Scant, adv. In a scant manner; with difficulty; scarcely; hardly. [Obs.]
So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs. --Fuller.
Scant, n. Scantness; scarcity. [R.]
adj : less than the correct or legal or full amount often
deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of
sugar"; "regularly gives short weight" [syn: light, scant(p),
v 1: work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and
superficially [syn: skimp]
2: limit in quality or quantity [syn: skimp]
3: supply sparingly and with restricted quantities; "sting with
the allowance" [syn: stint, skimp]