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

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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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No mayor has ever been elected president, much less one from a community of roughly 100,000 people in the middle of America, and Buttigieg is barely old enough to be eligible for the job. Sara Burnett, The Seattle Times, "Buttigieg gains with crowds, TV spots and campaign cash," 26 Mar. 2019 Sure, the faces barely move still, and the lip-sync is messy, but the characters look slightly less dead-behind-the-eyes. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam," 15 Mar. 2019 Ahead of him: Jets passers Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater (both rated at 78), while rookie Sam Darnold barely trails with a 75. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "'Madden NFL 19' player ratings: 9 head-turning observations include slight to Eli Manning," 12 July 2018 For years, she's seen her phone ring off the hook after her interiors appeared in magazines, as readers called to ask where to buy every feature in the room, from the curtains to a vase that's barely peeking out from the edge of a photo. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Get Designers' Most Iconic Looks in Your Own Home," 14 Mar. 2019 If you, too, are a fan of barely-there makeup, then definitely test this four-product look out for yourself this weekend. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "This Redditor’s No-Makeup Makeup Look Using All Drugstore Products Is Going Viral," 8 Mar. 2019 McLaren—which has a Formula 1 team, barely—has taken the three-seater layout from its almighty F1 of the 1990s for the Speedtail. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "12 cylinders, 11,000rpm: Aston Martin’s new engine is a monster," 12 Dec. 2018 In March, a month after the split, a source told Us Weekly that the two had barely spoken to each other since announcing their separation. Fox News, "Justin Theroux breaks silence on 'painless' Jennifer Aniston breakup for the first time," 22 Sep. 2018 When McConnell eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations, the news barely registered. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President," 28 June 2018

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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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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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