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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

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
Yogi Berra

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
Carl Sagan

A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty kept. - St. Jerome
A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty kept.
St. Jerome

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

Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
Thomas Hobbes
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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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