What does scarcely mean?

Definitions for scarcely
ˈskɛərs liscarce·ly

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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

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.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 23, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce scarcely?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say scarcely in sign language?

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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. John Keats:

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

  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. Lord Chesterfield:

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

  4. Thomas Arnold:

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

  5. Thomas Jefferson:

    The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in ... the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow), working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing it’s noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one. ...when all government... in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.

Images & Illustrations of scarcely

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