Scant vs Plank - What's the difference?

scant | plank |

In transitive terms the difference between scant and plank

is that scant is to limit in amount or share; to stint while plank is to harden, as hat bodies, by felting.

In intransitive terms the difference between scant and plank

is that scant is to fail, or become less; to scantle while plank is to pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.

As an adjective scant

is very little, very few.

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)


    * *




    (en noun)
  • A long, broad and thick piece of timber, as opposed to a board which is less thick.
  • A political issue that is of concern to a faction or a party of the people and the political position that is taken on that issue.
  • Physical exercise in which one holds a pushup position for a measured length of time.
  • (British, slang) A stupid person, idiot.
  • That which supports or upholds.
  • * Southey
  • His charity is a better plank than the faith of an intolerant and bitter-minded bigot.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * plank spanker


    (en verb)
  • To cover something with planking.
  • to plank a floor or a ship
  • * Dryden
  • Planked with pine.
  • To bake (fish) on a piece of cedar lumber.
  • * 1998 , Richard Gerstell, American Shad in the Susquehanna River Basin (page 147)
  • Along the lower river, planked shad dinners (baked and broiled) were highly popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • (colloquial) To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash.
  • to plank money in a wager
  • To harden, as hat bodies, by felting.
  • To splice together the ends of slivers of wool, for subsequent drawing.
  • To pose for a photograph while lying rigid, face down, arms at side, in an unusual place.
  • * 2011' May 23, '' Party finishes up in plonking after attempt at '''planking in Kingsford]'', in ''[[w:Herald Sun, Herald Sun] ,
  • The woman, known as Claudia, fell from a 2m wall after earlier demonstrating the wrong way to plank' on a small stool while holding a bottle of wine. A friend said some guests had not heard of ' planking and Claudia was demonstrating how ridiculous it was.
  • * 2011 May 24, Tourists snapped planking at iconic landmarks around the world]'', in [[w:The Australian, The Australian],
  • Perth man Simon Carville became an internet sensation after he was photographed planking naked in the arms of famous Perth statue the Eliza.