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"


  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


  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. Voltaire:

    The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.

  2. John Keats:

    I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.

  3. Thomas Arnold:

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

  4. Lord Chesterfield:

    There is hardly anybody good for everything, and there is scarcely anybody who is absolutely good for nothing.

  5. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question.

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