- only just; scarcely: barely enough for their needs
- informal not quite; nearly: barely old enough
- scantily; poorly: barely furnished
- archaic openly
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bare•ly /ˈbɛrli/USA pronunciation adv.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- no more than;
scarcely: barely enough money to pay the rent.
- in a bare way;
meagerly:a barely furnished room.
bare•ly (bâr′lē),USA pronunciation adv.
- only just;
no more than;
almost not:He had barely enough money to pay for the car.
- without disguise or concealment;
openly:They gave the facts to him barely.
- bef. 950; Middle English; Old English bærlīce. See bare1, -ly
- 1. See hardly.
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barely /ˈbɛəlɪ/ adv
'barely' also found in these entries:
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