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scanty

Syllabification: scant·y
Pronunciation: /ˈskan(t)ē
 
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Definition of scanty in English:

adjective (scantier, scantiest)

1Small or insufficient in quantity or amount: scanty wages
More example sentences
  • Estimates of children with ADHD range from one to 20 percent, partly due to scanty evidence provided by inadequate surveys.
  • Any woman now seems to be able to make such a complaint and to be believed, with incredibly scanty evidence.
  • The 152 deaths on which they would be trying to contact the families of those involved were ones in which there was scanty evidence, in most cases nothing beyond a copy of the register of deaths.
Synonyms
meager, scant, minimal, limited, modest, restricted, sparse;
tiny, small, paltry, negligible, insufficient, inadequate, deficient, too small/little/few, poor, sketchy, thin;
informal measly, piddling, mingy, pathetic
formal exiguous
1.1(Of clothing) revealing; skimpy: the women looked cold in their scanty gowns
More example sentences
  • He stands there, a pretty, slightly vacuous woman dressed in rather scanty clothing standing next to him.
  • Suzie, a pretty, slightly vacuous woman dressed in rather scanty clothing, stands there.
  • Teenage boys are more likely to be attracted by her scanty clothing and big guns.
Synonyms
skimpy, revealing, short, brief;
low, low-cut;
indecent

plural noun

(scanties) Back to top  
Brief underpants.
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.’

Origin

late 16th century: from scant + -y1.

Derivatives

scantily

1
Pronunciation: /ˈskantəlē, ˈskantl-ē/
adverb
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

2
noun
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.

Words that rhyme with scanty

Alicante, andante, ante, anti, Ashanti, Bramante, Chianti, Dante, dilettante, Fante, Ferranti, infante, shanty (US chanty), spumante, vigilante, Zante

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