hardly: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (härd'lē), [key]
- only just; almost not; barely: We had hardly reached the lake when it started raining. hardly any; hardly ever.
- not at all; scarcely: That report is hardly surprising.
- with little likelihood: He will hardly come now.
- forcefully or vigorously.
- with pain or difficulty.
- harshly or severely.
- hardly (Thesaurus)