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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hardly mean? 

HARDLY (adverb)
  The adverb HARDLY has 2 senses:

1. by a small margin
2. almost not

  Familiarity information: HARDLY used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

HARDLY (adverb)

Sense 1hardly [BACK TO TOP]


By a small margin


barely; hardly; scarce; scarcely; just

Context examples:

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

Sense 2hardly [BACK TO TOP]


Almost not


hardly; scarcely

Context examples:

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

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