Scant \Scant\, a. [Compar. {Scanter}; superl. {Scantest}.] [Icel. skamt, neuter of skamr, skammr, short; cf. skamta to dole out, to portion.] 1. Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; less than is wanted for the purpose; scanty; meager; not enough; as, a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment. [1913 Webster] His sermon was scant, in all, a quarter of an hour. --Ridley. [1913 Webster] 2. Sparing; parsimonious; chary. [1913 Webster] Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: See under {Scanty}. [1913 Webster]