bare·​ly | \ ˈber-lē How to pronounce barely (audio) \

Definition of barely

1 : in a meager manner : plainly a barely furnished room
2 : 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience, the newest annual destination event on the city’s oceanfront, which barely got a chance to introduce itself in 2020, taking place a few weeks before pandemic lockdowns, which then canceled last year’s return. Ben Crandell,, 19 Jan. 2022 Instead, the characters, even the ones depicted as friends from the jump, barely know each other. cleveland, 19 Jan. 2022 The largest debate about this was back during the one year anniversary of the game where players barely got anything of value, but now? Paul Tassi, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Domestic earnings in 2020 were barely able to reach $2.2 billion while cinemas spent many months shuttered and studios released hardly any high-profile movies. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 27 Dec. 2021 Wahab went from barely able to dribble to hitting mid-range jumpers and spin moves. Ryan Mcfadden,, 27 Dec. 2021 Shawna barely got into the hallway before hitting a wall and sliding to the floor. Thomas Curwen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2021 Alabama got enough -- just barely -- to slip away a winner that evoked memories of two Atlanta escape jobs against Georgia a week before heading to the same dome against the same Bulldogs. Michael Casagrande |, al, 28 Nov. 2021 However, coach Kevin Stefanski and his men barely got the job done. Nate Ulrich, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of barely

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of barely was circa 1513

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23 Jan 2022

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“Barely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for barely


bare·​ly | \ ˈber-lē \

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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