Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. By a small margin; barely: We scarcely made it in time.
  • adv. Almost not; hardly: We scarcely ever used the reserve generator.
  • adv. Certainly not: They could scarcely complain after such good treatment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Probably not.
  • adv. Certainly not.
  • adv. Almost not at all; by a small margin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sparingly; parsimoniously; niggardly; stingily.
  • Scantily; insufficiently.
  • Hardly; barely; with difficulty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. almost not
  • adv. only a very short time before

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Examples

  • The participation of Hill and his artillery in the operation was so slight that his name scarcely appeared in reports of the day's operations.

    LEE’S LIEUTENANTS

  • The title scarcely gives an idea of the subject-matter of the poem.

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  • Democ - racy was a term scarcely used before the French Revo - lution; by the beginning of the nineteenth century it had its firm adherents and its equally ardent enemies.

    DEMOCRACY

  • A title scarcely less fit would perhaps be 'Studies into the

    Equality

  • The participation of Hill and his artillery in the operation was so slight that his name scarcely appeared in reports of the day’s operations.

    Lee’s Lieutenants

  • Andrea Gabrieli's printed in Vol. I of Proske's "Musica Divina") although the term scarcely applies, save in another sense, to J.S. Bach's "Missa Brevis" (in A) comprising in its forty-four closely printed pages only the music of the Kyrie and Gloria.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion, and straight black lips.

    The Creature

  • There was the home-made galley we had built, the familiar break of the poop, the low yacht-cabin scarcely rising above the rail.

    Chapter 32

  • Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.

    Chapter 5

  • Cemex is a company on a high tech roll that has carried it in scarcely a decade from a sleepy perch in northern Mexico to its place as the world's third-largest cement company.

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