Very little, very few.
‘After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John.’;
(used alone) Not many; a small (in comparison with another number stated or implied) but somewhat indefinite number of.
‘There are few people who understand quantum theory.’; ‘Many are called, but few are chosen.’;
Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; scanty; meager; not enough.
‘a scant allowance of provisions or water; a scant pattern of cloth for a garment’;
(US?) Obscuring one eighth to two eighths of the sky.
‘Tonight: A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness overnight.’; ‘NOAA definition of the term "few clouds": An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, descriptive of a sky cover of 1/8 to 2/8. This is applied only when obscuring phenomena aloft are present--that is, not when obscuring phenomena are surface-based, such as fog.’;
Few people, few things.
‘Many are called, but few are chosen.’;
(intransitive) To fail, or become less; to scantle.
‘The wind scants.’;
an indefinite but relatively small number;
‘they bought a case of beer and drank a few’;
(masonry) A sheet of stone.
(wood) A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.
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.
‘His sermon was scant, in all, a quarter of an hour.’;
To cut short; to make small, narrow, or scanty; to curtail.
work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
limit in quality or quantity
supply sparingly and with restricted quantities;
‘sting with the allowance’;
less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so;
‘a light pound’; ‘a scant cup of sugar’; ‘regularly gives short weight’;
barely sufficient or adequate
‘companies with scant regard for the safety of future generations’;
barely amounting to a specified number or quantity
‘she weighed a scant two pounds’;
provide grudgingly or in insufficient amounts
‘he does not scant his attention to the later writings’;
deal with inadequately; neglect
‘the press regularly scants a host of issues relating to safety and health’;