Definition of scanty in English:

scanty

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Pronunciation: /ˈskanti
 
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adjective (scantier, scantiest)

1Small or insufficient in quantity or amount: they paid whatever they could out of their scanty wages to their families
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
meagre, scant, minimal, limited, modest, restricted, sparse;
tiny, small, paltry, negligible, insufficient, inadequate, deficient, sketchy, too small/little/few, not enough, poor;
thin, thinning;
informal measly, piddling, mingy, pathetic
rare exiguous
1.1(Of clothing) revealing; skimpy: the women looked cold in their scanty bodices
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  • 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

noun

(scanties) informal Back to top  
Women’s skimpy knickers or pants.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from scant + -y1.

Derivatives

scantily

adverb
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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.

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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