hardly

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From hard +‎ ly.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

hardly ‎(comparative hardlier or more hardly, superlative hardliest or most hardly)

  1. (manner, obsolete) Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion.
  2. (manner, archaic) Harshly, severely.
    I can't really deal hardly with people.
  3. (now rare) With difficulty.
  4. (degree) Barely, only just, almost not.
    • 2011 November 3, David Ornstein, “Macc Tel-Aviv 1-2 Stoke”, in BBC Sport:
      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.
    • 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
    they hardly ever watch television;  I hardly think they'll come in this bad weather;  it's hardly possible he could lose the election.

Usage notesEdit

In the sense "barely", it is grammatically a negative word. It therefore collocates with ever rather than never.

  • Compare example sentence with I almost never watch television

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InterjectionEdit

hardly

  1. Not really.
    I think the Beatles are a really overrated band. ― Hardly!

StatisticsEdit

Most common English words before 1923: master · latter · fellow · #592: hardly · wind · drew · strength
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