What does scarcely mean?

Definitions for scarcelyˈskɛərs li

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scarcely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce(adverb)

    only a very short time before

    "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats

  2. hardly, scarcely(adverb)

    almost not

    "he hardly ever goes fishing"; "he was hardly more than sixteen years old"; "they scarcely ever used the emergency generator"

Wiktionary

  1. scarcely(Adverb)

    Probably not.

    One could scarcely find any trout in the stream without the stocking program.

  2. scarcely(Adverb)

    Certainly not.

    One could scarcely expect the man to know how to fly a helicopter.

  3. scarcely(Adverb)

    Almost not at all; by a small margin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scarcely(adverb)

    with difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just

  2. Scarcely(adverb)

    frugally; penuriously

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scarcely' in Adverbs Frequency: #327

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scarcely in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scarcely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Arnold:

    My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.

  2. Freya Stark:

    On the whole, age comes more gently to those who have some doorway into an abstract world-art, or philosophy, or learning-regions where the years are scarcely noticed and the young and old can meet in a pale truthful light.

  3. Archibald MacLeish:

    The one man who should never attempt an explanation of a poem is its author. If the poem can be improved by it's author's explanations it never should have been published, and if the poem cannot be improved by its author's explanations the explanations are scarcely worth reading.

  4. Tom Blair:

    Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.

  5. William H Gass:

    We have scarcely gotten home ... when our children's sneezes greet us, skinned knees bleed after waiting all day to do so. There is the bellyache and the burned-out basement bulb, the stalled car and the incontinent cat. The windows frost, the toilets sweat, the body of our spouse is one cold shoulder and the darkness of our bedroom is soon full of the fallen shadows of our failures.

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