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
in a sparse or scanty way
"a barely furnished room"
By a small margin.
Almost not at all.
without covering; nakedly
without concealment or disguise
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
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'barely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3973
Rank popularity for the word 'barely' in Adverbs Frequency: #277
barley, bearly, bleary
The numerical value of barely in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of barely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
He probably barely got the trigger pulled.
He's not a conservative and barely a Republican.
I barely know now too so I have to check with other sources.
If I didn't get that job I would be barely making it right now.
We barely have time to react in this world, let alone rehearse.
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Translations for barely
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- едва, самоBulgarian
- a penesCatalan, Valencian
- juuri ja juuri, pelkästään, hädin tuskin, nipin napin, tuskin lainkaan, ainoastaan, tuskin, töin tuskinFinnish
- à peineFrench
- air èiginnScottish Gaelic
- nesten ikke, bare så vidt, så vidtNorwegian
- ledwie, ledwoPolish
- apenas, malPortuguese
- de abiaRomanian
- еле, только, едва, лишь, [[почти]] [[не]], еле-елеRussian
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