hardly
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈhɑːdli/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhɑɹdli/,

Adverb

hardly (comparative hardlier, superlative hardliest)

  1. (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.
  2. (manner, archaic) Harshly, severely; in a hard manner.
    I can't really deal hardly with people.
  3. (now, rare) With difficulty.
    • 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.234:
      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.
  4. (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.
Synonyms Translations Translations
Interjection
  1. Not really.
    I think the Beatles are a really overrated band. ― Hardly!



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