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Meaning of hardly by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From hard +‎ ly .


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


    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 .




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


Explanation of hardly by Wordnet Dictionary


    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


    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.