[syn: hardly, scarcely]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Scarce \Scarce\, Scarcely \Scarce"ly\, adv.
1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just.
With a scarce well-lighted flame. --Milton.
The eldest scarcely five year was of age. --Chaucer.
Slowly she sails, and scarcely stems the tides.
He had scarcely finished, when the laborer arrived
who had been sent for my ransom. --W. Irving.
2. Frugally; penuriously. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: only a very short time before; "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 [syn: barely,
hardly, just, scarcely, scarce]
2: almost not; "he hardly ever goes fishing"; "he was hardly
more than sixteen years old"; "they scarcely ever used the
emergency generator" [syn: hardly, scarcely]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
72 Moby Thesaurus words for "scarcely":
a bit, a little, at infrequent intervals, barely, by a hair,
by an ace, by no means, ever so little, exiguously, extremely,
faintly, fairly, feebly, hardly, hardly ever, here and there,
imperfectly, in a measure, in a way, in no way, in places,
in some measure, in spots, inappreciably, inconsequentially,
infrequently, insignificantly, just a bit, kind of, lightly,
little, meagerly, minimally, minutely, negligibly, not at all,
not hardly, not often, not quite, noway, nowise, on no account,
only just, piddlingly, pretty, quite, rarely, rather, scantily,
scarce, scarcely ever, scrimpily, seldom, skimpily, slightly,
somewhat, sort of, sparsely, sparsim, spottily, stingily,
tant soit peu, to a degree, to some extent, triflingly, uncommonly,
under no circumstances, unfrequently, unoften, very, very seldom,