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.
Recent Examples on the Web This insanely comfortable bra is the perfect sleep, lounge and work-from-home style that supports you with a barely-there feel. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 In fact, there are photos of me as old as age three with just a few barely-there wisps of hair. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 13 May 2022 In those instances, reach for a pair of barely-there Neous or Gia Borghini heels. Vogue, 12 May 2022 Duff hopped on the clean-girl aesthetic with a barely there makeup look to star on this month's cover of Women's Health. Elle Turner, Glamour, 12 May 2022 The primary bedroom dabbles in the ethereal hue with a barely-there tint on a striped linen fabric that upholsters the Swedish bench at the foot of the bed. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 Dua paired her loose and low-hanging, light-wash jeans with a satiny, barely-there baby blue G-string, hiked above her hips for max effect. Abby Dupes, Seventeen, 25 Apr. 2022 Tarte Shape Tape Concealer delivers long-lasting coverage that feels barely there with a matte finish. Janine Henni,, 15 Apr. 2022 Though the climate record shows an abundance of freshwater that came from the final melting of the ice sheets over North America and Europe, the AMOC barely changed. David Bressan, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Barely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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