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Hi Everybody ,
What is meant by "hardly more than a boy" the context is:
"It cannot be assumed that Sam, hardly more than a boy, played a leading role in those expeditions."
I could see someone using this phrase to describe someone who was 18 or 19 even. Depending on context, of course.
Here in the US, "children" can be on their parents' health insurance up to age 26 now, so the definition of "adult" can be quite fluid.