Hard"ly (?), adv. [AS.heardlice. See Hand.]

1.

In a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty.

Recovering hardly what he lost before. Dryden.

2.

Unwillingly; grudgingly.

The House of Peers gave so hardly thei consent. Milton.

3.

Scarcely; barely; not guite; not wholly.

Hardly shall you one so bad, but he desires the credit of being thought good. South.

4.

Severely; harshly; roughly.

He has in many things been hardly used. Swift.

5.

Confidently; hardily.

[Obs.]

Holland.

6.

Certainly; surely; indeed.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

 

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