Scant vs Chary - What's the difference?

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Scant is a related term of chary.

As adjectives the difference between scant and chary

is that scant is very little, very few while chary is (obsolete) sad; sorrowful; grievous.

As a verb scant

is to limit in amount or share; to stint.

As a noun scant

is (masonry) a block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.

As an adverb scant

is with difficulty; scarcely; hardly.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Very little, very few.
  • "After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John."
  • 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
  • * Ridley
  • His sermon was scant , in all, a quarter of an hour.
  • Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence.


    * few, little, slight * (l)


    * ample, plenty

    Derived terms

    * scanty


    (en verb)
  • To limit in amount or share; to stint.
  • to scant''' someone in provisions; to '''scant ourselves in the use of necessaries
  • * Shakespeare
  • Scant not my cups.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • where man hath a great living laid together and where he is scanted
  • * Dryden
  • I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your actions.
  • To fail, or become less; to scantle.
  • The wind scants .


    (en noun)
  • (masonry) A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.
  • (masonry) A sheet of stone.
  • (wood) A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.
  • Adverb

  • With difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
  • * Fuller
  • So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs.
    (Francis Bacon)


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  • (obsolete) Sad; sorrowful; grievous.
  • Disposed to cherish with care; careful.
  • Cautious; wary; shy.
  • * act 1 scene 3 lines 35-36
  • The chariest maid is prodigal enough'' / ''If she unmasks her beauty to the moon.
  • *1598 , Shakespeare, lines 11-12
  • Bearing thy heart, which I will keep so chary / ''As tender nurse her babe from faring ill
  • * 2007 , Stephen R. Donaldson, Fatal Revenant , ISBN 978-0-399-15446-1 Page 182
  • "...When Lord Berek speaks with you and your companions alone, as he must, be chary in your replies."
  • Sparing; not lavish; not disposed to give freely.
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