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hardly meaning

EN[ˈhɑːdli] [ˈhɑɹdli]
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    Definition of hardly in English Dictionary

  • AdverbCOMhardlierCOMmore hardlySUPhardliestSUPmost hardly
    1. (manner) OBS Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion.
      1. (manner, archaic) Harshly, severely.
        1. I can't really deal hardly with people. ‎
      2. (now rare) With difficulty.
        1. (degree) Barely, only just, almost not.
          1. With this the second of three games in seven days for Stoke, it was hardly surprising to see nine changes from the side that started against Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday.
      3. Interjection
        1. Not really.
          1. I think the Beatles are a really overrated band. ― Hardly!
      4. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • I hardly believe he hath from elder times unknown the verticity of the loadstone. — Sir T. Browne.
          • Such a double-minded person is perhaps hardly recognizable in this world, because his double-mindedness not evident inside the world.
          • But McCartney, 50, is hardly ready to give up the ghost of his creative past.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adverbs
          • Degree adverbs
          • Interjections

          Other Vocabulary

          Look-Alike Words
          1. en hardy
          2. en Hardy
          3. en handly
          4. en hardily
          5. en early
          Source: Wiktionary
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          Meaning of hardly for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this word "hardly" is an adverb, more specifically, a degree adverb. It's also an interjection.
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