Etymology
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scant (adj.)

mid-14c., "short or insufficient in quantity, rather less than is wanted for the purpose," from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse skamt, neuter of skammr "short, brief," from Proto-Germanic *skamma- (source also of Old English scamm "short," Old High German skemmen "to shorten"), perhaps ultimately "hornless" (from PIE *kem- (1) "hornless;" see hind (n.)).

Also in Middle English as a noun, "dearth, scant supply, scarcity," from Old Norse.

scant (v.)

mid-15c., scanten, "be deficient, fail," also "be sparing," from scant (adj.). From 1560s as "put on scant allowance, limit;" 1580s as "make small or scanty, diminish." The meaning "treat slightingly" is by c. 1600. As an adverb, "scarcely, hardly," by mid-15c.

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Definitions of scant
1
scant (v.)
work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially;
Synonyms: skimp
scant (v.)
limit in quality or quantity;
Synonyms: skimp
scant (v.)
supply sparingly and with restricted quantities;
Synonyms: stint / skimp
2
scant (adj.)
less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so;
a scant cup of sugar
Synonyms: light / short
From wordnet.princeton.edu