hardly etymology

English word hardly comes from Old English (ca. 450-1100) heard (Hard.), Old English (ca. 450-1100) -līċe

Detailed word origin of hardly

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
heard Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Hard.
-līċe Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
heardlīċe Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
heardlice Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Boldly, bravely, hardily.. Hardly, not easily, inflexibly, severely, harshly, sternly, sorely.
hardliche Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
hardly English (eng) Not really. (degree) Barely, only just, almost not.. (manner, archaic) Harshly, severely.. (manner, obsolete) Firmly, vigorously, with strength or exertion.. (now, rare) With difficulty.

Words with the same origin as hardly

Descendants of heard
hard hardcore hardship hardware hardworking
Descendants of -līċe
automatically basically carefully daily dearly deeply early freely friendly fully genetically gladly heavily highly lightly lively newly physically sharply shortly slowly specifically truly weekly