[ US /ˈskænti/ ]
[ UK /skˈɑːnti/ ]
  1. short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)
  1. lacking in magnitude or quantity
    a bare livelihood
    a spare diet
    a scanty harvest
  2. (of clothing) revealing the body
    her dress was scanty and revealing
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How To Use scanty In A Sentence

  • The scanty grasses were long ago turned into sun-cured hay by the fierce summer heats. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains
  • I can't get along on my scanty pay.
  • His scanty remarks are limited to generalities.
  • The English cottage has a rheumatic floor of beaten earth or tile; its rooms are few and small, and very dark; the water-supply is scanty and most inconvenient; its chimney smokes; mice and rats find secure refuge in the thatch; the masses of clinging vines make it damp and earwiggy; but what a lovely bit it is in the landscape! Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873
  • This is exactly what one would expect from the linguistic evidence and the written record, scanty though the latter is.
  • The terms of our law, which are not empty sounds, will hardly find words that answer them in the Spanish or Italian, no scanty languages; much less, I think, could any one translate them into the Caribbee or Westoe tongues: and the versura of the Romans, or corban of the Jews, have no words in other languages to answer them; the reason whereof is plain, from what has been said. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  • I haven't seen it yet, and don't intend to, because altho' I was a - fan is too strong a word, I was a *fan* of Battle of the Planets and Starblazers and Voltron, but I watched and liked the series when it was running tho' I thought it rather simplistic and corny by comparison to the other shows I mention - I have heard so much that sounds depressing and Othering about it as a liberal woman, that I don't really need to spend any of my scanty budget on seeing CGI and explosions. Proper Credits for Transformers
  • He arrived at length in a narrow and secluded cleuch, or deep ravine, which ran down into the valley, and contributed a scanty rivulet to the supply of the brook with which Glendearg is watered. The Monastery
  • What now becomes of Dr. Miller's so-called scanty and superficial convolutions with small cranial measurements? The Southern Sanitarium. Vol. 1, no. 4 (January 1, 1897)
  • Hallowell found scanty evidence for bear ceremonialism in the Central Algonquian region, and failed to report any among Northern Iroquoian speakers.
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