1. [ adverb ] by a small margin
Synonyms: just barely scarcely scarce

"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

2. [ adverb ] almost not
Synonyms: scarcely

"he hardly ever goes fishing" "he was hardly more than sixteen years old" "they scarcely ever used the emergency generator"

Similar spelling:   hardly_a