barely

adverb bare·ly

Definition of barely

  1. 1 :  in a meager manner :  plainly a barely furnished room

  2. 2 :  scarcely, hardly barely enough money for lunch

Examples of barely in a sentence

  1. We barely spoke the entire time we were in the car.

  2. There are barely any new features in this software.

  3. There is barely a difference between the two.

Circa 1513

First Known Use of barely

circa 1513


BARELY Defined for Kids

barely

adverb bare·ly \ˈber-lē\

Definition of barely for Students

  1. 1 :  almost not The old man's voice was barely audible now. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game

  2. 2 :  with nothing to spare :  by a narrow margin I'd barely enough to eat. She barely passed the test.



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