Adjective "Scanty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Small or insufficient in quantity or amount.
  1. 'He may not have broken any laws but it is clear that what scanty guidelines exist to control patronage and cronyism were stretched at will to accommodate his ‘suggestions’.'
  2. 'If Aboriginal numbers in 1788 were at the higher end of the estimated range, this epidemic would have been the chief killer, but information is scanty in the extreme.'
  3. 'Out of 36 meteorological sub-divisions in the country, 16 sub-divisions have received deficient or scanty rainfall so far, he said.'
  4. 'This is exactly what one would expect from the linguistic evidence and the written record, scanty though the latter is.'
  5. 'All focus at present is on water, may it be due to termination of water accords or failure of monsoon or scattered, scanty rain, scarce power to operate tubewells.'
  6. 'The Great Basin, so called because its scanty water doesn't drain to any sea, is mostly a terrain of north-south-running ranges, sharp-edged raw geology, separated by flat expanses of sagebrush.'
  7. 'The 152 deaths on which they would be trying to contact the families of those involved were ones in which there was scanty evidence, in most cases nothing beyond a copy of the register of deaths.'
  8. 'A long-term decline in police-neighborhood relations may well have occurred, but direct evidence is scanty, while other factors also weakened these relations.'
  9. 'Although this seems reasonable, the evidence offered is scanty.'
  10. 'The evidence was relatively scanty, but much depended on the interpretation of the statute of Edward II that defined treason in terms of ‘compassing or imagining the death of the King’.'
  11. 'the women looked cold in their scanty bodices'
  12. 'She now saw a lot more girls wearing tight jeans and scanty shirts.'
  13. 'He stands there, a pretty, slightly vacuous woman dressed in rather scanty clothing standing next to him.'
  14. 'The wearing of scanty dress away from the beaches is not welcomed, nor is immodest dress inside of churches.'
  15. 'The fabrics selected for this collection have something of the 1600's courtesan, though the dresses and skirts are quite scanty.'
  16. 'A thong is not a piece of scanty swimwear, as in America, but a fine example of Australian footwear.'
  17. 'Suzie, a pretty, slightly vacuous woman dressed in rather scanty clothing, stands there.'
  18. 'It hurts to see young girls dressed in scanty clothes being taken advantage of by older boys after getting drunk.'
  19. 'They say the boots are the perfect finishing touch for their artificial tans, bleached hair, white make-up and bright scanty skirts.'
  20. 'Teenage boys are more likely to be attracted by her scanty clothing and big guns.'

plural noun

Women's skimpy knickers or pants.
  1. 'Unbuckling the large silver dolphin clasp on her black leather belt and rolling down well-cut designer trousers, she reveals cream lace scanties and a flat, perfectly tanned stomach, toasted pale gold.'
  2. 'Along the way there's a lot of booty-shaking from glamorous assistants and some dazzling close-up magic, not least a perplexing trick in which Whistler's mother is stripped to her scanties.'
  3. 'There are some ladies' scanties suspended in picture frames and looking remarkably like an in-store display.'
  4. 'He looked at her skimpy scanties and said, ‘I can't get into these.’'


1. scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.

2. meager; not adequate.

3. lacking amplitude in extent or compass. noun, plural scanties.

4. scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.

More examples(as adjective)

"volumes can be scanty at dailies."

"evidences can be scanty in natures."

"demands can be scanty due to demands."

"informations can be scanty."

"evidences can be scanty."

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Late 16th century: from scant + -y.