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American English: /ˈhɑrdli/
British English: /ˈhɑːdli/


  • 1 (scarcely) hardly anyone/anything
    casi nadie/nada
    they hardly ever go there
    casi nunca van allí
    hardly a day goes by without her paying us a visit
    casi no pasa un día en que no nos haga una visita
    she could hardly move her arm
    apenas podía mover el brazo
    casi no podía mover el brazo
    I could hardly believe my eyes
    apenas podía dar crédito a mis ojos
    casi no podía dar crédito a mis ojos
    he hardly knew her
    apenas la conocía
    it's hardly ten minutes since you came in
    no hace ni diez minutos que entraste
    hardly had she left when John arrived
    se acababa de ir cuando llegó John
    Example sentences
    • A degree in theatre arts hardly qualifies me as a nutritionist or a psychologist.
    • If Judas were among the saved, these statements could hardly be true.
    • If true, it's hardly inspirational to the troops.
  • 2 (surely not) it's hardly what you'd call a masterpiece
    no es precisamente una obra maestra
    will they appoint him? — hardly!
    ¿le darán el cargo? — ¡me imagino que no!
    I'm hardly to blame for what happened
    mal me puedes culpar a mí de lo que pasó
    I could hardly say no
    no me podía negar
    I need hardly remind you that …
    ni falta hace que les recuerde que …
    the news could hardly have come at a worse time
    la noticia no podía haber llegado en peor momento
    that's hardly surprising!
    ¡no es de extrañarse!
    Example sentences
    • Now being a Texas resident for the past five years might make me a citizen of the state, but it hardly qualifies me as a true Texan.
    • Nonetheless, despite the seemingly narrow focus, this outline is hardly insignificant.
    • Still, at 58 degrees, that was hardly bath water lapping onto the sand near SeaWalk Pavilion.
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