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Etymology[]

hard +‎ ly

Pronunciation[]

Adverb[]

Hardly (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
Hardly

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (manner, obsolete) Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 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 [...].
  2. (manner, archaic) Harshly, severely.
    I can't really deal hardly with people.
  3. (manner, obsolete) With difficulty.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 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 [...].
    He made his way hardly through the enemies to the castle.
  4. (degree) Barely, only just, almost not.
    I hardly ever watch television.
    I hardly think they'll come in this bad weather.
    It is hardly possible he could lose the election.

Usage notes[]

In the sense "barely", it is grammatically a negative word. It therefore collocates with ever rather than never.

  • Compare example sentence with I almost never watch television

Synonyms[]

  • (barely): scarcely

Translations[]

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et:hardly el:hardly es:hardly fr:hardly io:hardly it:hardly ku:hardly hu:hardly ml:hardly nl:hardly ja:hardly pl:hardly simple:hardly fi:hardly te:hardly vi:hardly zh:hardly

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