Simple Definition of barely
: 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
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.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of barely
before 12th century
BARELY Defined for Kids
Definition of barely
1 : almost not <The old man's voice was barely audible now. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>
2 : with nothing to spare : by a narrow margin <I'd barely enough to eat.> <She barely passed the test.>
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