Scant·y a. [Compar. Scantier superl. Scantiest.]
1. Lacking amplitude or extent; narrow; small; not abundant.
His dominions were very narrow and scanty. --Locke.
Now scantier limits the proud arch confine. --Pope.
2. Somewhat less than is needed; insufficient; scant; as, a scanty supply of words; a scanty supply of bread.
3. Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious.
In illustrating a point of difficulty, be not too scanty of words. --I. Watts.
Syn: -- Scant; narrow; small; poor; deficient; meager; scarce; chary; sparing; parsimonious; penurious; niggardly; grudging.
adj : lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a
scanty harvest"; "a spare diet" [syn: bare(a), spare]
n : short underpants for women or children (usually used in the
plural) [syn: pantie, panty, step-in]
[also: scantiest, scantier]