scarce (adv.) Old form(s): scarse
scarcely, hardly, barely, only just
1H6 I.i.112[Third Messenger to all, of Talbot] Having full scarce six thousand in his troop
CE III.i.23[Antipholus of Ephesus to Balthasar] A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty dish [i.e. is hardly an equivalent of even one fine dish]
Cym III.v.151[Pisanio to Cloten, of Innogen's journey to Milford] She can scarce be there yet
Cym III.vi.12[Innogen alone, of poor people lying] no wonder, / When rich ones scarce tell true
Cym IV.ii.109.2[Belarius to Arviragus, of Cloten] Being scarce made up ... to man
LLL IV.iii.229[King to Berowne, comparing Rosaline to the Princess] She, an attending star, scarce seen a light [i.e. a light hardly to be seen]
MV II.ii.120[Gobbo to Bassanio, of Shylock and Launcelot] His master and he ... are scarce cater-cousins
Oth V.ii.200[Othello to Gratiano] I scarce did know you, uncle
R3 I.i.21[Richard alone, of himself] sent before my time / Into this breathing world, scarce half made up
Tem V.i.155[Prospero to Alonso, of the lords] they ... scarce think / Their eyes do offices of truth
Tim I.ii.179[Flavius to himself, of entertaining more guests] I scarce know how
WT II.i.99[Hermione to Leontes] You scarce can right me throughly then to say / You did mistake
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