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:

1250–1300

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.

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


Translations for scarcely

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

scarcely(adverb)

only just; not quite

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

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