Definition of Hardly

1. Adverb. Only a very short time before. "Would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"

Exact synonyms: Barely, Just, Scarce, Scarcely



2. Adverb. Almost not. "They scarcely ever used the emergency generator"
Exact synonyms: Scarcely
Partainyms: Scarce

Definition of Hardly

1. adv. In a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty.

Definition of Hardly

1. Adverb. (context: manner obsolete) Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion. ¹

2. Adverb. (context: manner archaic) Harshly, severely. ¹

3. Adverb. (context: manner obsolete) With difficulty. ¹

4. Adverb. (context: degree) Barely, only just, almost not. ¹

5. Interjection. Not really. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hardly

1. scarcely [adv] - See also: scarcely

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hardly

hardihoods
hardily
hardiment
hardiments
hardiness
hardinesses
hardish
hardiship
hardkill
hardline
hardliner
hardliners
hardlines
hardly (current term)
hardly a(a)
hardman
hardmen
hardmouthed
hardness
hardness scale
hardnesses
hardnose
hardnosed
hardnoses
hardock
hardocks
hardoke
hardokes

Literary usage of Hardly

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"Here is Elinor," continued the provoking husband ; "she vexed her friends by marrying me : I had hardly a thousand a year—I was a lout—nobody could see any ..."

2. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"The cab drove off at the same moment—I started into the road, with some vague idea of stopping it again, I hardly knew why— hesitated from dread of ..."

3. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"The lovers hardly realize even now their situation: that they are awake. 2At this point there is a reconciliation of the men. ..."

4. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"While the poor fellow was upon his knees, I could fee the tears run plentifully down my clergyman's cheeks ; and I could hardly forbear ..."

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