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Definition of "scanty" [scant•y]

  • Barely sufficient or adequate. (adjective)
  • Insufficient, as in extent or degree. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scanty" in a sentence
  • "It was a picture of a child clad in scanty rags, showing just enough skin to make me uncomfortable."
  • "Tue 11/24/09 3: 54 PM to the contrary, I think the majority of movies have women and girls portrayed in scanty clothes and objectified roles."
  • "I mean by that, that their minds have been well trained but their actual knowledge of things is scanty from a lack of conventional education."