Definition of scanty in English:

scanty

Syllabification: scant·y
Pronunciation: /ˈskan(t)ē
 
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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; scarce, in short supply, few and far between
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

noun

(scanties) Back to top  
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.’

Origin

late 16th century: from scant + -y1.

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.

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