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Meaning & Definition of Hardly in English





1. Only a very short time before

  • "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"- w.b.yeats
  • barely,
  • hardly,
  • just,
  • scarcely,
  • scarce

2. Almost not

  • "He hardly ever goes fishing"
  • "He was hardly more than sixteen years old"
  • "They scarcely ever used the emergency generator"
  • hardly,
  • scarcely

Examples of using

If he who hardly climbed a tree already thinks that he's a bird, then he's mistaken.
I could hardly make out half of what she'd said, she was hurrying to share the obtained information. I had to listen twice.
Tom hardly believed his eyes.