What does the word scant mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Trumbull White