Definitions for barelyˈbɛər li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bare•ly*ˈbɛər li(adv.)

  1. scarcely:

    I had barely enough money.

  2. without disguise or concealment; openly.

  3. scantily; meagerly.

  4. Archaic. merely.

* Syn: See hardly.Usage: See hardly.

Origin of barely:

bef. 950

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce(adverb)

    only a very short time before

    "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats

  2. scantily, barely(adverb)

    in a sparse or scanty way

    "a barely furnished room"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. barely(adverb)ˈbɛər li

    almost not; = hardly

    children barely old enough to walk; jeans that she barely fits into


  1. barely(Adverb)

    By a small margin.

  2. barely(Adverb)

    Almost not at all.

  3. barely(Adverb)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Barely(adverb)

    without covering; nakedly

  2. Barely(adverb)

    without concealment or disguise

  3. Barely(adverb)

    merely; only

  4. Barely(adverb)

    but just; without any excess; with nothing to spare ( of quantity, time, etc.); hence, scarcely; hardly; as, there was barely enough for all; he barely escaped

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'barely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3973

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'barely' in Adverbs Frequency: #277

Translations for barely

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


scarcely or only just

We have barely enough food.

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