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Definitions of scarcely

  1. by a small margin; "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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Seldom; rarely; not quite; hardly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Hardly; with difficulty; rarely. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. Barely; not quite; hardly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Hardly; with difficulty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for scarcely

  1. There was something in the girl's face which he scarcely understood. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. " I'm scarcely ever at home, except when I'm with the children. – A Modern Chronicle, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill