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.
— see EVER