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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
          • She was in no humour for conversation with anyone but himself; and to him she had hardly courage to speak.
          • I hardly believe he hath from elder times unknown the verticity of the loadstone. — Sir T. Browne.
          • You can propose a 40-story skyrise in the center of Hollywood, and hardly anyone two miles to the west will take notice.
      • 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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