Scarce \Scarce\, Scarcely \Scarce"ly\, adv. 1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just. [1913 Webster] With a scarce well-lighted flame. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The eldest scarcely five year was of age. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Slowly she sails, and scarcely stems the tides. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] He had scarcely finished, when the laborer arrived who had been sent for my ransom. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] 2. Frugally; penuriously. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]