from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Barely; just.
- adv. To almost no degree; almost not: I could hardly hear the speaker.
- adv. Probably or almost surely not: "Easily was a man made an infidel, but hardly might he be converted to another faith” ( T.E. Lawrence).
- adv. With severity; harshly.
- adv. With great difficulty; painfully.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion.
- adv. Harshly, severely.
- adv. With difficulty.
- adv. Barely, only just, almost not.
- interj. Not really.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty.
- adv. Unwillingly; grudgingly.
- adv. Scarcely; barely; not quite; not wholly.
- adv. Severely; harshly; roughly.
- adv. Confidently; hardily.
- adv. Certainly; surely; indeed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not softly or tenderly; roughly; severely; unfavorably; inimically.
- By hard work; with difficulty.
- Not quite or completely; only approximately; scarcely: as, it is hardly strong enough; that is hardly true.
- Barely; narrowly; almost not at all: as, hardly any; hardly ever.
- Not probably; with little likelihood: as, he will hardly come to-day.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. almost not
- adv. only a very short time before
Middle English hardli, from Old English heardlīce, harshly, bravely, from heard, hard; see hard.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From hard + ly. (Wiktionary)