Definition for SCANTY

SCANTY, a. [from scant, and having the same signification.]

  1. Narrow; small; wanting amplitude or extant. His dominions were very narrow and scanty, / Now scantier limits the proud arch confine. – Locke.
  2. Poor; not copious or full; not ample; hardly sufficient; as, a scanty language; a scanty supply of words; a scanty supply of bread.
  3. Sparing; niggardly; parsimonious. In illustrating a point of difficulty, be not too scanty of words. – Watts.

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