bare·​ly ˈber-lē How to pronounce barely (audio)
: in a meager manner : plainly
a barely furnished room
: scarcely, hardly
barely enough money for lunch

Examples of barely in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Michigan straddles that time zone line, but barely. Joyce Orlando, Detroit Free Press, 27 Feb. 2024 Rafael Nadal is still working his way back from a hip injury and has barely played in 2024, but his uncle and former coach says his nephew will win a 15th Roland Garros title this spring. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 These entertainment workers could barely make rent. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Tornadoes, hail possible Tuesday evening Indy could break another record Tuesday NWS is forecasting Indy will see temperatures as high as 74, which barely squeaks past the record of 73 degrees set in 1996. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Feb. 2024 All this from a student who'd barely spoken in the first few days of Harshner's Writing and Argumentation class last fall. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 Equal pay laws In 2022, women earned an average of 82% of what men earned, per a Pew Research Center analysis–and the pay gap has barely closed in the past two decades. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 26 Feb. 2024 And two of the scholarship players in uniform barely play. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2024 Even coming off that sweep, nobody could foretell the drop the Yankees were about to experience with an 82-win season that barely kept their streak of winning seasons intact and given what the Yankees are attempting to rebound from, the tone seemed more focused on urgency. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of barely was circa 1513

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“Barely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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