Definitions for scarcelyˈskɛərs li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

scarce•ly*ˈskɛərs li(adv.)

  1. barely; not quite:

    We can scarcely see.

  2. definitely not:

    This is scarcely the time to raise such questions.

  3. probably not:

    You could scarcely have chosen better.

* Syn: See hardly.Usage: See hardly.

Origin of 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. scarcely(adverb)ˈskɛərs li

    almost not or almost none; = barely, hardly

    I could scarcely believe what I saw.


  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

Translations for scarcely

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


only just; not quite

Speak louder please; – I can scarcely hear you; scarcely enough money to live on.

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