Definition of hardly
- I hardly knew her
- almost new — hardly a scratch on it
- you can't hardly tell who anyone is
- —G. B. Shaw
- that news is hardly surprising
It hardly matters what I think.
The changes in service have hardly been noticed.
There are hardly any new features in this software.
Hardly anyone showed up for the meeting.
Hardly a day goes by when I don't think about you.
This is hardly a new idea for a movie.
“Is this a new idea for a movie?” “Hardly! I've seen dozens of movies just like it.”
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before 12th century
agonizingly, bitterly, dolefully, dolorously, grievously, hard, inconsolably, lugubriously, mournfully, painfully, plaintively, regretfully, resentfully, ruefully, sadly, sorely, sorrowfully, unhappily, wailfully, woefully, wretchedly;
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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