—adj. 1. barely sufficient in amount or quantity; not abundant; almost inadequate: to do scant justice. 2. limited; meager; not large: a scant amount. 3. barely amounting to as much as indicated: a scant two hours; a scant cupful. 4. having an inadequate or limited supply (usually fol. by of): scant of breath.
—v.t. 1. to make scant; diminish.
2. to stint the supply of; withhold.
3. to treat slightly or inadequately.
—adv. Scot. and North Eng. Dial.scarcely; barely; hardly.