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.
Not full, large, or plentiful; scarcely sufficient; scanty; meager; not enough.
- "After his previous escapades, Mary had scant reason to believe John."
- a scant''' allowance of provisions or water; a '''scant pattern of cloth for a garment
Sparing; parsimonious; chary.
- His sermon was scant , in all, a quarter of an hour.
- Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence.
* few, little, slight
* ample, plenty
To limit in amount or share; to stint.
- to scant''' someone in provisions; to '''scant ourselves in the use of necessaries
* Francis Bacon
- Scant not my cups.
- where man hath a great living laid together and where he is scanted
To fail, or become less; to scantle.
- I am scanted in the pleasure of dwelling on your actions.
- The wind scants .
(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.
With difficulty; scarcely; hardly.
- So weak that he was scant able to go down the stairs.
- (Francis Bacon)
(obsolete) Sad; sorrowful; grievous.
Disposed to cherish with care; careful.
Cautious; wary; shy.
* act 1 scene 3 lines 35-36
*1598 , Shakespeare, lines 11-12
- The chariest maid is prodigal enough'' / ''If she unmasks her beauty to the moon.
* 2007 , Stephen R. Donaldson, Fatal Revenant , ISBN 978-0-399-15446-1 Page 182
- Bearing thy heart, which I will keep so chary / ''As tender nurse her babe from faring ill
Sparing; not lavish; not disposed to give freely.
- "...When Lord Berek speaks with you and your companions alone, as he must, be chary in your replies."