Definition of scantily in English:



  • 1In a way that is small or insufficient in quantity or amount.

    ‘a small, scantily furnished room’
    ‘scantily populated areas’
    • ‘Her whirlwind of activity in the United States and Europe between 1963 and 1968 is scantily documented.’
    • ‘Written and performed by two sisters, it is an ill-prepared, scantily conceived story.’
    • ‘Strategy and scouting are scantily addressed.’
    • ‘He had hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere.’
    • ‘Contemporary architecture is scantily represented here.’
    • ‘In this scantily plotted movie, the nattily dressed American meets up with the Gallic twins at a protest in Paris at the Cinémathèque.’
    • ‘Though scantily fed, and often utterly discouraged by failure, they were still making a noble fight for existence.’
    • ‘If you peek closely (or even scantily) at the cover, you'll notice two things on prominent display: exposed female skin and samurai swords.’
    • ‘Her show was scantily more than an hour long and was heavy on the commercial pop.’
    • ‘Her dress was perfectly neat, but scantily made, as if she desired to be as little encumbered as possible.’
    1. 1.1 With revealing or skimpy clothing.
      ‘scantily clad women’
      ‘scantily dressed models’
      • ‘The national touring show is performed by a whole stage full of scantily clad dancers.’
      • ‘The actresses remain clothed, albeit scantily.’
      • ‘To attract a man who is only interested in lust, just dress scantily.’
      • ‘Picture brawny, ripped men, scantily costumed as Indian warriors, Greek gods, and Olympic athletes.’
      • ‘Scantily clad go-go girls give the crowd something to look at.’
      • ‘The screen siren is known for scantily clad appearances, both on and off the screen.’
      • ‘The dancers appear as masked counterparts of the more naturally and scantily attired figure of Peace on the adjacent wall.’
      • ‘When you want a drink, simply flip up the flag and a scantily clad cocktail girl comes to your rescue.’
      • ‘She was scantily covered with a purple thong.’
      • ‘The show displayed six "fat strippers," scantily clothed to better assert their freakishness.’