scarcely

/ˈskeɚsli/

  • almost not at all
    1. He could scarcely control his joy.
    2. Scarcely a day goes by when they don't see or talk to each other.
  • by only a small amount of time, space, etc.
    1. I had scarcely [=only just] closed the door when the doorbell rang again.
    2. The truck scarcely [=just] made it underneath the low bridge.
    3. He had scarcely enough money.
  • certainly not
    1. This is scarcely a time to laugh.
    2. I could scarcely tell them they were wrong.

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