[ adjective ] less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
"a light pound" "a scant cup of sugar" "regularly gives short weight"
Used in print(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)
The scant flesh grew cool beneath her frantic hands .(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)
A scant half_mile away Shelley and Mary were doubtless sitting on their diminutive terrace , the air about them scented with stock , and listening to the nightingale who had nested in the big lime_tree at the foot of the garden .