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Meaning of hardly by Wiktionary Dictionary

hardly


    Etymology

    From hard +‎ ly .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈhɑːdli/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈhɑɹdli/, X-SAMPA: /"hArdli/,

    Adverb

    hardly ( comparative more hardly, superlative most hardly )

    1. ( manner, obsolete ) Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion.
    2. ( manner, archaic ) Harshly, severely .
      I can't really deal hardly with people .
    3. ( now rare ) With difficulty.
    4. ( degree ) Barely, only just, almost not .
      I hardly ever watch television .
      I hardly think they'll come in this bad weather .
      It is hardly possible he could lose the election .

    Usage notes

    In the sense "barely", it is grammatically a negative word. It therefore collocates with ever rather than never .

    Synonyms

    Interjection

    hardly

    1. Not really .
      I think the Beatles are a really overrated band. ― Hardly!

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Explanation of hardly by Wordnet Dictionary

hardly


    Adverb
    1. only a very short time before

    2. we hardly knew them
    3. almost not

    4. he hardly ever goes fishing
      he was hardly more than sixteen years old


    Definition of hardly by GCIDE Dictionary

    hardly


    1. Hardly ( härdl ), adv. [AS. heardlice. See Hard.]

      1. In a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty.

      Recovering hardly what he lost before. Dryden.

      2. Unwillingly; grudgingly.

      The House of Peers gave so hardly their consent. Milton.

      3. Scarcely; barely; not quite; not wholly.

      Hardly shall you find any one so bad, but he desires the credit of being thought good. South.

      4. Severely; harshly; roughly.

      He has in many things been hardly used. Swift.

      5. Confidently; hardily. [Obs.] Holland.

      6. Certainly; surely; indeed. [Obs.] Chaucer.