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Definition of Hardly


  1. In a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty.
  2. Unwillingly; grudgingly.
  3. Scarcely; barely; not guite; not wholly.
  4. Severely; harshly; roughly.
  5. Confidently; hardily.
  6. Certainly; surely; indeed.

Hardly Quotations

Hardly a competent workman can be found who does not devote a considerable amount of time to studying just how slowly he can work and still convince his employer that he is going at a good pace.
Frederick W. Taylor

Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.
Jim Morrison

Hardly a name in profane history is more august than his. Hardly another character in the world's record has made so little of its opportunities. His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument.
Justin Winsor

I was so emotional. Choked up. I could hardly talk all day. I'll be cleaning out my trailer and saying goodbye soon, realizing what a wonderful experience this has been.
Dennis Franz

What I call my 'self' now is hardly a person at all. It's mainly a meeting place for various natural forces, desires, and fears, etcetera, some of which come from my ancestors, and some from my education, some perhaps from devils. The self you were really intended to be is something that lives not from nature but from God.
C. S. Lewis
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Hardly Translations

hardly in Afrikaans is skaars
hardly in Dutch is amper, nauwelijks, kwalijk
hardly in Finnish is tuskin
hardly in French is le temps de
hardly in German is hart, kaum
hardly in Hungarian is alig
hardly in Italian is difficilmente, appena
hardly in Latin is aegre egre (adv.), vix
hardly in Norwegian is nesten ikke, neppe
hardly in Portuguese is mal, apenas
hardly in Spanish is apenas
hardly in Swedish is knappt, knappast
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