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scanty (adj.)

1650s, "meager, barely sufficient for use;" 1701, "too small, limited in scope," from scant + -y (2). Related: Scantiness (1560s). Scanties (n.) "underwear" (especially for women) attested from 1928.

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Definitions of scanty
1
scanty (adj.)
lacking in magnitude or quantity;
a scanty harvest
Synonyms: bare / spare
scanty (adj.)
(of clothing) revealing the body;
her dress was scanty and revealing
Synonyms: skimpy
2
scanty (n.)
short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural);
Synonyms: pantie / panty / step-in
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