Definition of Hardly in English :

Define Hardly in English

Hardly meaning in English

Meaning of Hardly in English

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Hardly pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of hardly


1. barely, hardly, just, scarce, scarcely

only a very short time before

Example Sentences:
'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'

2. hardly, scarcely

almost not

Example Sentences:
'he hardly ever goes fishing'
'he was hardly more than sixteen years old'
'they scarcely ever used the emergency generator'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of hardly
scarcely; barely
we hardly knew the family
just; only just
he could hardly hold the cup
3. often ironic
almost or probably not or not at all
he will hardly incriminate himself
with difficulty or effort
5. rare
harshly or cruelly

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see synonyms of hardly
1.  Rare
with effort or difficulty
severely; harshly
only just; barely; scarcely
often used ironically or politely to mean “not quite,” or “not at all”
hardly the person to ask
probably not; not likely

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of hardly
1. To almost no degree; barely at all; almost not: I could hardly hear the speaker.
2. Probably or surely not: He is hardly the kind of guy you would want to date. It's hardly a secret that they are engaged.
3. With great difficulty or effort: I could hardly get up the stairs.
4. With severity; harshly: "The winter months would deal hardly with many of these poor folk" (William Black).

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