Definition of scanty in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈskanti

adjective (scantier, scantiest)


(scanties) • informal Back to top  
  • Women’s skimpy knickers or pants.
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    • A few years ago one great British institution moved from selling sensible big pants to scanties.
    • He looked at her skimpy scanties and said, ‘I can't get into these.’
    • Unbuckling the large silver dolphin clasp on her black leather belt and rolling down well-cut designer trousers, she reveals cream lace scanties and a flat, perfectly tanned stomach, toasted pale gold.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.


late 16th century: from scant + -y1.

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