hardly (comparative hardlier, superlative hardliest)
- (manner, obsolete) Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.148:
- Let him hardly be possest with an honest curiositie to search out the nature and causes of all things […].
- 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter IV, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Printed [by Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, OCLC 830979744 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=emu.010001278701;view=1up;seq=118 pages 101–102]:
- Sometimes my pulse beat so quickly and hardly, that I felt the palpitation of every artery; at others, I nearly sank to the ground through languor and extreme weakness.
- (manner, archaic) Harshly, severely; in a hard manner.
- I can't really deal hardly with people.
- (now, rare) With difficulty.
- And what gentle flame soever doth warme the heart of young virgins, yet are they hardly drawne to leave and forgoe their mothers, to betake them to their husbands […].
- 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, page 40:
- While in Chelsea, Anne Smiley pined, taking very hardly to her unaccustomed role of wife abandoned.
- (degree) Barely, only just, almost not.
- they hardly ever watch television; I hardly think they'll come in this bad weather; it's hardly possible he could lose the election.
- French: guère, à peine
- German: kaum
- Italian: appena
- Portuguese: quase não, mal
- Russian: едва́
- Spanish: apenas, a duras penas
- Not really.
- I think the Beatles are a really overrated band. ― Hardly!