Definition of scanty in English:

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scanty

Pronunciation: /ˈskan(t)ē/

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)
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.’

Derivatives

scantiness

Pronunciation: /ˈskan(t)ēnəs/
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.

Origin

Late 16th century: from scant + -y1.

Words that rhyme with scanty

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: scant·y

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