V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. smaller than what is desired; 2. barely enough

Synonyms: deficient, insufficient, meager, skimpy, sparse, stingy

Antonyms: excessive, sufficient, ample

Tips: When learning the word scanty, it may be helpful to think of the phonetically similar word skimpy. Something scanty is skimpy; it is barely enough. "Scantily clad or dressed" is a common phrase that means "wearing barely anything."

Usage Examples:

Another drought is expected this year because of scanty rainfall. (insufficient)

She was tired of working long hours for a scanty wage. (meager)

The woman was upset when her daughter came down the stairs, scantily-clad and ready to go out. (skimpily) adjective

Our robust sales in the month of October made up for our scanty sales in September. (meager, insufficient)

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