• "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
    "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv hardly only a very short time before "they could barely hear the speaker","we hardly knew them","just missed being hit","had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open","would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats"
    • adv hardly almost not "he hardly ever goes fishing","he was hardly more than sixteen years old","they scarcely ever used the emergency generator"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

We couldn't git her head hardly in the stable We couldn't git her head hardly in the stable
I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em
"Hard Times," 1854, vol. i. ch. i "Hard Times," 1854, vol. i. ch. i
Hard wood Hard wood
Hard work never killed anybody Hard work never killed anybody
Sugar Maple. Hard Maple. Rock Maple Sugar Maple. Hard Maple. Rock Maple

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.
    • Hardly Certainly; surely; indeed.
    • Hardly Confidently; hardily.
    • Hardly In a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty. "Recovering hardly what he lost before."
    • Hardly Scarcely; barely; not quite; not wholly. "Hardly shall you find any one so bad, but he desires the credit of being thought good."
    • Hardly Severely; harshly; roughly. "He has in many things been hardly used."
    • Hardly Unwillingly; grudgingly. "The House of Peers gave so hardly their consent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Warren G. Harding's middle name is Gamaliel.
    • hardly Not softly or tenderly; roughly; severely; unfavorably; inimically.
    • hardly By hard work; with difficulty.
    • hardly Not quite or completely; only approximately; scarcely: as, it is hardly strong enough; that is hardly true.
    • hardly Barely; narrowly; almost not at all: as, hardly any; hardly ever.
    • hardly Not probably; with little likelihood: as, he will hardly come to-day.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Yakka" means "hard work" in Australian slang.
    • adv Hardly with difficulty: scarcely, not quite: severely, harshly
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  • Fran Tarkenton
    Fran Tarkenton
    “None of us really pushes hard enough.”
  • Lionel Trilling
    “In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.”
  • James Ling
    James Ling
    “Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
  • Colin Powell
    Colin Powell
    “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”
  • Diana Rankin
    Diana Rankin
    “Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.”


Between a rock and a hard place - If you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you are in a position where you have to choose between unpleasant alternatives, and your choice might cause you problems; you will not be able to satisfy everyone.
Come on hard - If you come on hard, you are aggressive in your dealing with someone.
Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
Hard act to follow - If something or something is exceptionally good, it is difficult to replace them or take their place.
Hard as nails - A person who is as hard as nails is either physically tough or has little or no respect for other people's feelings.
Hard by - "Hard by" means mean "close to" or "near".
Hard cheese - (UK) Hard cheese means hard luck.
Hard miles - If you have done the hard miles, you have done the hard difficult work and that makes you eligible to comment or participate in something.
Hard of hearing - Someone who's hard of hearing is a bit deaf.
Hard on someone's heels - If you are hard on someone's heels, you are close to them and trying to catch or overtake them. ('Hot on someone's heels' is also used.)
Hard sell - If someone puts a lot of pressure on you to do or buy something, they are hard selling it.
Hard to come by - If something is hard to come by, it is difficult to find.
Hard up - If you are hard up, you have very little money.
Old flames die hard - It's very difficult to forget old things, especially the first love.
Play hard to get - If someone plays hard to get, they pretend not to be interewsted or attracted by someone, usually to make the other person increase their efforts.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. heardlice,. See Hard
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heard; Dut. hard, Ger. hart, Goth. hardus; allied to Gr. kratys, strong.


In literature:

I declined hard, saying I had had my dinner, but I knew all the time they knew better.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Where you find hard working employes you will find a hard working boss.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
It wus hard, but it has been hard since.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Hardly had I changed back into Miss Harding, and finished my evening meal, when a knock came to the door, and there entered Mrs Travers.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It seemed so hard to leave Daisy Jasper out.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
That is hardly chivalrous, hardly just indeed, after taking all a woman has to give.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Sam studied hard and played hard in the brief while he could devote to play, and he ate accordingly.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Their venture could hardly be called a success.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
And he had hardly asked, and she had hardly yielded, before the same misgiving, the same shrinking, seized on the lovers themselves.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
And he tried so hard to make himself agreeable, poor fellow, that I ought to like him for being so obedient to my commands.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson

In poetry:

Much rather would I refuge take
With Mary, dear to me,
To whom that rough hard speech he spake—
What have I to do with thee?
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Yet, oh! my sweet, it seems so long
Since you were near; and fates retard
The sequel of a struggle strong,
And life is hard—
"At Dusk" by Henry Kendall
Love watches o'er my quiet ways,
Kind voices speak my name,
And lips that find it hard to praise
Are slow, at least, to blame.
"My Birthday" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'Tis hard to fight against an host,
Or strive against the stream;
But, lo! when all seems to be lost,
Thy Husband will redeem.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
In this vain world I live, yet see
I'm dead to it, and it to me.
My joy is endless, yet at best
Does hardly for a moment last.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
"Hard had striven brave Ney, the true Bertrand,
Victor, and Augereau,
Bold Poniatowski, and Lauriston,
To stay their overthrow;
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The Brinell hardness test is an indentation hardness test that can provide useful information about metallic materials.
Frank Schneider is a hard, hard man.
In this Dec 30, 2010 photo, Jay Leno performs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's 'Hard Rock Live' in Hollywood, Fla.
I have enjoyed every second of "Hard Knocks" as an entertainment vehicle, but then I always watch every second of "Hard Knocks" no matter who the featured team is.
I worked hard, I played hard and I had a pretty good garden this year.
As word spread this week of the loss in the Harding family across the ocean, the friends and former neighbors of Thomas and Deb Harding gathered in what is a consistent reaction to any situation in Shepherdstown.
Here's a classic tip that everyone should know: It's not hard to make a dent in wood and fortunately, it's not hard to get one out, either.
AP Photo/Hard Rock Cafe, Diane Bondareff Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon share a moment after unveiling his design for Hard Rock's Signature T-Shirt series in July 2006 in New York.
American Culinary History, Part V. (May 8, 2008) The Kentucky Derby is a hard luck race in a hard luck town.
The workforce works hard, so let's play hard too.
Most of us know the first Montrose album is simply one of the best hard rock debuts since there was hard rock.
('A Good Day to Die Hard ' if you must) introduced itself to the world with the first image from the movie and now we get the first ' Die Hard 5?
('A Good Day to Die Hard' if you must) introduced itself to the world with the first image from the movie and now we get the first 'Die Hard 5?
('A Good Day to Die Hard' if you must) introduced itself to the world with the first image from the movie and today we get the first 'Die Hard 5?
Page 1 of 2 Western Digital's newest subsidiary, HGST, Thursday unveiled a hard-drive platform in which helium replaces the air inside the drives, pointing the way for many more years of potential development in the hard-drive business.

In science:

Hard rods. k−hard rods configurations are those for which (N1:n > k > 1) [In the partitioning approach of the fortune N amongst n recipients, this event is realized if the share of the poorest is bounded below by k , a rare event].
A Bose-Einstein Approach to the Random Partitioning of an Integer
In the thermodynamical limit, hard-rods configurations are exceptional and the hard-rods large deviation rate function Fhr is an explicit function of ρ and k .
A Bose-Einstein Approach to the Random Partitioning of an Integer
Two dominant spectral states can be distinguished: high/soft (soft spectrum and high luminosity) and low/hard (hard spectrum, low luminosity).
Slim accretion disks around black holes
Despite the fact that advection modifies the emission (however, as discussed in Section 4.3, its impact is hardly visible for sub-Eddington luminosities), the spectra produced by combined disk and atmospheric models are too hard, when compared to the observed data (the harder the spectrum, the lower the spin estimate).
Slim accretion disks around black holes
In practice, though, it seems remarkably hard to do; the proof of the Lebesgue dominated convergence theorem, if inspected carefully, relies implicitly on the infinite pigeonhole principle, which is notoriously hard to finitize.
Metastable convergence theorems