Pronunciation: (härd'lē),[key] —adv. 1. only just; almost not; barely: We had hardly reached the lake when it started raining. hardly any; hardly ever. 2. not at all; scarcely: That report is hardly surprising. 3. with little likelihood: He will hardly come now. 4. forcefully or vigorously.
5. with pain or difficulty.
6. Brit.harshly or severely.