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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
|Sense 1||hardly [BACK TO TOP]|
By a small margin
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 2||hardly [BACK TO TOP]|
he hardly ever goes fishing / he was hardly more than sixteen years old / they scarcely ever used the emergency generator
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