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

Wiktionary

  1. barely(Adverb)

    By a small margin.

  2. barely(Adverb)

    Almost not at all.

  3. barely(Adverb)

    merely.

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

Anagrams of barely

  1. barley, bearly, bleary

  2. Barley

  3. Bearly

  4. Bleary


Translations for barely

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

barely(adverb)

scarcely or only just

We have barely enough food.

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