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scarcely

adverb scarce·ly

Simple Definition of scarcely

  • : almost not at all

  • : by only a small amount of time, space, etc.

  • : certainly not

Full Definition of scarcely

  1. 1a :  by a narrow margin :  only just <had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open — Agnes S. Turnbull>b :  almost not <could scarcely see for the fog>

  2. 2a :  certainly not <could scarcely interfere>b :  probably not <there could scarcely have been found a leader better equipped — V. L. Parrington>

Examples of scarcely

  1. He could scarcely control his joy.

  2. Scarcely a day goes by when they don't see or talk to each other.

  3. He had scarcely enough money.

  4. This is scarcely a time to laugh.

  5. I could scarcely tell them they were wrong.



14th Century

First Known Use of scarcely

14th century



SCARCELY Defined for Kids

scarcely

adverb scarce·ly \ˈskers-lē\

Definition of scarcely

  1. 1 :  only just :  barely <They had scarcely enough to eat.>

  2. 2 :  certainly not <I could scarcely tell him he was wrong.>





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