(adverb, interjection)


1. only a very short time before

- we hardly knew them

Similar word(s): barely, just, scarce, scarcely

2. almost not

- he hardly ever goes fishing

- I can hardly hear what she is saying

Similar word(s): barely, scarce, scarcely

3. slowly and with difficulty

- he was so dizzy he could hardly stand up straight

Similar word(s): hard

Sentences with hardly as an adverb:

- I can't really deal hardly with people.

- they hardly ever watch television;  I hardly think they'll come in this bad weather;  it's hardly possible he could lose the election.


1. Not really.

- I think the Beatles are a really overrated band. ― Hardly!