What does hardly mean?

Definitions for hardly
ˈhɑrd lihard·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hardly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce(adverb)

    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

  2. hardly, scarcely(adverb)

    almost not

    "he hardly ever goes fishing"; "he was hardly more than sixteen years old"; "they scarcely ever used the emergency generator"

Wiktionary

  1. hardly(Adverb)

    Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion.

  2. hardly(Adverb)

    Harshly, severely.

    I can't really deal hardly with people.

  3. hardly(Adverb)

    With difficulty.

  4. hardly(Adverb)

    Barely, only just, almost not.

  5. hardly(Interjection)

    Not really.

    I think the Beatles are a really overrated band. uE000138303uE001 Hardly!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hardly(adverb)

    in a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty

    Etymology: [AS. heardlice. See Hard.]

  2. Hardly(adverb)

    unwillingly; grudgingly

    Etymology: [AS. heardlice. See Hard.]

  3. Hardly(adverb)

    scarcely; barely; not guite; not wholly

    Etymology: [AS. heardlice. See Hard.]

  4. Hardly(adverb)

    severely; harshly; roughly

    Etymology: [AS. heardlice. See Hard.]

  5. Hardly(adverb)

    confidently; hardily

    Etymology: [AS. heardlice. See Hard.]

  6. Hardly(adverb)

    certainly; surely; indeed

    Etymology: [AS. heardlice. See Hard.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hardly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1154

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hardly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1468

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hardly' in Adverbs Frequency: #112

How to pronounce hardly?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hardly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hardly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of hardly in a Sentence

  1. Tomoaki Shishido:

    Recent data suggests the U.S. economy is very strong, hardly slowing down in Jan-Mar. The world economy slowed in that quarter but it appears to be rebounding. And recent rises in oil prices are likely to lift inflation expectations further, we expect more selling until the next Fed's meeting in June.

  2. Bernard Mandeville:

    The multitude will hardly believe the excessive force of education, and in the difference of modesty between men and women, ascribe that to nature, which is altogether owing to early instruction: Miss is scarce three years old, but she's spoke to every day to hide her leg, and rebuked in good earnest if she shows it; whilst little Master at the same age is bid to take up his coats, and piss like a man.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    It is ample clear that the sycophants and malingerer hardly fear of getting out of their jobs, but the sincere and hardworking employees appear to be worried often of it in an organisation.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Hard work does work magic but hardly as how most of the common men think and probably never the way as how most affluent people pompously say to others.

  5. Daniel Webster:

    Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.

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