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Meaning & Definition of Hardly in English

English

Hardly

/hɑrdli/

adverb

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
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • hardly
  • ,
  • scarcely

Examples of using

I could hardly believe my eyes.
What happened? No one is here. There are hardly any new contributions. This just cannot be!
I hardly know him.