SCANT, verb transitive
To limit; to straiten; as, to scant one in provisions; to scant ourselves in the use of necessaries; to scant a garment in cloth.
I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your actions.
SCANT, verb intransitive To fail or become less; as, the wind scants.
1. Not full, large or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; rather less than is wanted for the purpose; as a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment.
2. Sparing; parsimonious; cautiously affording.
Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence. [Not in use.]
3. Not fair, free or favorable for a ship's course; as a scant wind.
SCANT, adverb Scarcely; hardly; not quite.
The people - received of the bankers scant twenty shillings for thirty. [Obsolete or vulgar.]