Definition of scarcely
- had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open
- —Agnes S. Turnbull
- could scarcely see for the fog
- could scarcely interfere
- there could scarcely have been found a leader better equipped
- —V. L. Parrington
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.
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by no means, nothing doing, on no account;
: almost not at all
: by only a small amount of time, space, etc.
: certainly not
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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