Definition of scanty in English:

scanty

Syllabification: scant·y
Pronunciation: /ˈskantē
 
/

adjective (scantier, scantiest)

noun

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  • Brief underpants.
    More example sentences
    • When Wray pulls on a flimsy robe to cover her scanties to answer the door, gentleman caller Raft tries to make a move on her.
    • In a later, postcoital bedroom scene, where the couple watches TV in their scanties, Tom, snuggling, exults that he hasn't ‘felt this way for a long time.’

Derivatives

scantily

Pronunciation: /ˈskantəlē, ˈskantl-ē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • Three things seem constant in their artwork: a scantily clad woman, a muscular barbarian with a sword, and an exotic landscape.
  • It's primarily a business hotel, so it's likely that the only people who ever come here this scantily clad are hired by the hour.
  • Two scantily clad woman welcome me with credulous smiles.

scantiness

noun
More example sentences
  • The scantiness of Huntington's references to Palestine provides an oddity for an analysis that focuses on conflicts among civilizations.
  • Anyone who is serious about writing, reading, or teaching the short story will want to own this book, but I was disappointed by the scantiness of critical material.
  • The scantiness of dress is, in this case, a marker of what the man had left behind.

Origin

late 16th century: from scant + -y1.

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