What does scarcely mean?

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ˈskɛərs liscarce·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarceadverb

    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, scarcelyadverb

    almost not

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

Wiktionary

  1. scarcelyadverb

    Probably not.

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

  2. scarcelyadverb

    Certainly not.

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

  3. scarcelyadverb

    Almost not at all; by a small margin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scarce, Scarcelyadverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    A thing which we so little hoped to see, that even they which beheld it done scarcely believed their own senses. Richard Hooker.

    When we our betters see bearing our woes,
    We scarcely think our miseries our foes. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Age, which unavoidably is but one remove from death, and consequently should have nothing about it but what looks like a decent preparation for it, scarce ever appears, of late days, but in the high mode, the flaunting garb, and utmost gaudery of youth. South.

    You neither have enemies, nor can scarce have any. Dryd.

    He scarcely knew him, striving to disown
    His blotted form, and blushing to be known. Dryden.

    Slowly he fails, and scarcely stems the tides;
    The pressing water pours within her sides. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scarcelyadverb

    with difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just

  2. Scarcelyadverb

    frugally; penuriously

Editors Contribution

  1. scarcely

    "You use scarcely to emphasize that something is only just true or only just the case.You can use scarcely to say that something is not true or is not the case, in a humorous or critical way.By a very little; almost not:barely, hardly, just, scarce.hardly, barely, only just, scarce,by no means, hardly, not at all, definitely not, under no circumstances, on no account,rarely, seldom, not often, infrequently, occasionally, once in a blue moon (informal), hardly ever;by a narrow margin.

    Fascism’s unlikely recrudescence in Britain in the years after the war—and the resistance it met— are scarcely remembered at all.


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British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

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

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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

Examples of scarcely in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. La Bruy?re:

    Gross ignorance produces a dogmatic spirit. He who knows nothing thinks he can teach others what he has himself just been learning. He who knows much scarcely believes that what he is saying is unknown to others, and consequently speaks with more hesitation.

  3. James Fenimore Cooper:

    The American doctrinaire is the converse of the American demagogue, and, in this way, is scarcely less injurious to the public. The first deals in poetry, the last in cant. He is as much a visionary on one side, as the extreme theoretical democrat is a visionary on the other.

  4. 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.

  5. Claudio Cavazzuti:

    Cremated remains have been often neglected in the past studies, as bones are very fragmented and therefore considered scarcely informative, we can( now) better understand how society was organized, how people moved and how goods circulated. The more we know, the more we understand that the roots of our way of thinking have their origin in this fundamental period of European history.

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