What does the word hardly mean?

Usage examples for hardly

  1. " Nalini is hardly more than a boy," said Jadu Babu with folded hands. – Tales of Bengal by S. B. Banerjea
  2. I hardly thought you would." – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  3. As a matter of fact, you could hardly expect her to. – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss