Part of speech: adverb

Barely; not quite; hardly.

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Usage examples "scarcely":

  1. Scarcely was he in one place when he removed to another. - "Salammbo", Gustave Flaubert.
  2. He scarcely spoke to her. - "This Freedom", A. S. M. Hutchinson.
  3. Since Tory told us of her talk with Kara I have scarcely been able to think of anything else. - "The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest", Margaret Vandercook.