Part of speech: verb

To limit; stint; become scanty; lessen; fail.

Part of speech: adjective

Scarcely enough; limited; meager; small.

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Usage examples "scant":

  1. Its scant tie of ribbon, her touch told her, was a bit of the one she had that other time thrown down to him, and the thing it tied and that looked so black in the dusk was a red, red rose. - "Kincaid's Battery", George W. Cable.
  2. He appears to have grown fat and scant of breath when he was about thirty- six or seven. - "The Man Shakespeare", Frank Harris.
  3. It was in 1848, prior to the Lopez invasion, that President Polk made the first approaches to the Spanish government with a suggestion to purchase the island for $ 100, 000, 000, but was refused with scant consideration. - "Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom", Trumbull White.