hardly Definition

  • 1barely, scarcely, almost not
  • 2with great difficulty

Using hardly: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hardly" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I hardly know her.

  • Example

    He could hardly breathe.

  • Example

    She hardly ever goes to the gym.

  • Example

    I can hardly wait for the weekend.

  • Example

    The book is hardly worth reading.

hardly Synonyms and Antonyms

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Summary: hardly in Brief

The word 'hardly' [ˈhɑrdli] means barely or scarcely, indicating that something is almost not happening. It can also mean with great difficulty. For example, 'He could hardly breathe.' 'Hardly' is often used to express a negative or critical opinion, as in 'The book is hardly worth reading.'

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