bare-bones

adjective \ ˈber-ˈbōnz \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018
: including only what is most basic or necessary
  • a bare-bones e-mail program
  • Skyscrapers of steel hung with curtain walls of glass, these sleek buildings were impressive monuments to bare-bones architectural integrity.
  • —C. A. Mills

First Known Use of bare-bones

1946

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bare bones

plural noun
: the barest essentials, facts, or elements
  • the bare bones of her life

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First Known Use of bare bones

1647

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