[hahrd-lee] /ˈhɑrd li/
only just; almost not; barely:
We had hardly reached the lake when it started raining. hardly any; hardly ever.
not at all; scarcely:
That report is hardly surprising.
with little likelihood:
He will hardly come now.
forcefully or vigorously.
with pain or difficulty.
British. harshly or severely.
scarcely; barely: we hardly knew the family
just; only just: he could hardly hold the cup
(often ironic) almost or probably not or not at all: he will hardly incriminate himself
with difficulty or effort
(rare) harshly or cruelly
c.1200, “in a hard manner, with great exertion or effort,” from Old English heardlic “stern, severe, harsh; bold, warlike” (see hard + -ly (2)). Hence “assuredly, certainly” (early 14c.). Main modern sense of “barely, just” (1540s) reverses this, via the intermediate meaning “not easily, with trouble” (early 15c.). Formerly with superficial negative (not hardly).
- Hardly ever
Also, rarely ever, scarcely ever. Very seldom, almost never, as in This kind of thief is hardly ever caught, or He rarely ever brings up his wartime experiences. The ever in these expressions, first recorded in 1694, serves as an intensifier.
/ˈhɑːdˌmæn/ noun 1. a tough, ruthless, or violent man
noun, Inland North. 1. the sugar maple, Acer saccharum.
noun 1. Jewelry. a hard glass used for imitating gemstones. 2.