December 08, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
scarcely /ˈskeɚsli/ adverb
scarcely
/ˈskeɚsli/
adverb
The boat scarcely made it under the bridge.
The boat scarcely made it under the bridge.
Learner's definition of SCARCELY

1 : almost not at all : HARDLY

  • He could scarcely control his joy.

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

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

  • I had scarcely [=only just] closed the door when the doorbell rang again.

  • The truck scarcely [=just] made it underneath the low bridge.

  • He had scarcely enough money.

3 : certainly not

  • This is scarcely a time to laugh.

  • I could scarcely tell them they were wrong.

scarcely ever

— see EVER

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