Definition of scarcely
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>
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 in a sentence
He could scarcely control his joy.
Scarcely a day goes by when they don't see or talk to each other.
He had scarcely enough money.
This is scarcely a time to laugh.
I could scarcely tell them they were wrong.
First Known Use of scarcely
SCARCELY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scarcely for English Language Learners
: almost not at all
: by only a small amount of time, space, etc.
: certainly not
SCARCELY Defined for Kids
Definition of scarcely for Students
1 : only just : barely <They had scarcely enough to eat.>
2 : certainly not <I could scarcely tell him he was wrong.>
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