scanty

We refer to an amount or thing that is not quite enough as scanty, or lacking. It's an adjective used to describe something that doesn't offer enough, as in "farmers having a scanty crop in a drought year."

The adjective scanty comes from the Old Norse scamt, which means "short or brief," and so suggests a small amount. The word usually suggests a meager amount, and can refer to anything that is barely sufficient. Someone trying to stretch a meal might offer scanty servings. On a humorous note, a Roaring Twenties flapper referred to her underwear as scanties.

DEFINITIONS OF: scanty

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adj lacking in amplitude or quantity

“a scanty harvest”
Synonyms:
bare, spare
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy
deficient in amount or quality or extent

n short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)

Synonyms:
pantie, panty, step-in
Type of:
underpants
an undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs; usually worn next to the skin
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