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Definition of "hardly" []

  • Barely; just. (adverb)
  • To almost no degree; almost not: I could hardly hear the speaker. (adverb)
  • Probably or almost surely not: "Easily was a man made an infidel, but hardly might he be converted to another faith” ( T.E. Lawrence). (adverb)
  • With severity; harshly. (adverb)
  • With great difficulty; painfully. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hardly" in a sentence
  • "The "extras" -- the word hardly does them justice -- include a Loach profile on TV's Southbank show from 1993, a new documentary about the making of the film and his landmark feature Cathy Come Home, a massively popular TV movie as worthy of attention on its own as anything Loach has done."
  • "Late last night, an anonymous resident from Akira Hall had recognized Aya and rekicked to her feed, but by then the fact that she had a name hardly mattered."
  • "He slept throughout the entire journey and woke only toward the end of the afternoon as we jolted down the narrow lane to Misenum, where Lucullus had his—well, I was going to call it a house, but the word hardly fits that veritable palace of pleasure, the Villa Cornelia, which he had bought and extended on the coast."