[ adverb ] by a small margin
"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
Used in print(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
We could scarcely find eighty in our great land of over 180 million people .(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)
This kind of irresponsibility toward their students can scarcely build a strong professional attitude in the future designer .
[ adverb ] almost not
"he hardly ever goes fishing" "he was hardly more than sixteen years old" "they scarcely ever used the emergency generator"