: hardly or scarcely
—used to say that someone or something only has a specified small size, age, length, etc.
—used to say that something reached a specifed condition or happened only a short time before
: in a meager manner : plainly <a barely furnished room>
Examples of BARELY
- We barely spoke the entire time we were in the car.
- There are barely any new features in this software.
- There is barely a difference between the two.
First Known Use of BARELY
before 12th century
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