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barely

adverb bare·ly

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

Full Definition of barely

  1. 1 :  in a meager manner :  plainly <a barely furnished room>

  2. 2 :  scarcely, hardly <barely enough money for lunch>

Examples of barely

  1. We barely spoke the entire time we were in the car.

  2. There are barely any new features in this software.

  3. There is barely a difference between the two.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of barely

before 12th century

Rhymes with barely


BARELY Defined for Kids

barely

adverb bare·ly \ˈber-lē\

Definition of barely

  1. 1 :  almost not <The old man's voice was barely audible now. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>

  2. 2 :  with nothing to spare :  by a narrow margin <I'd barely enough to eat.> <She barely passed the test.>





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