Meaning of hardly

hard•ly

Pronunciation: (härd'lē), [key]
— adv.
  1. only just; almost not; barely: We had hardly reached the lake when it started raining. hardly any; hardly ever.
  2. not at all; scarcely: That report is hardly surprising.
  3. with little likelihood: He will hardly come now.
  4. forcefully or vigorously.
  5. with pain or difficulty.
  6. harshly or severely.
  7. hard.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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