What does barely mean?

Definitions for barely
ˈbɛər libare·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word barely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarceadverb

    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, barelyadverb

    in a sparse or scanty way

    "a barely furnished room"

Wiktionary

  1. barelyadverb

    By a small margin.

  2. barelyadverb

    Almost not at all.

  3. barelyadverb

    merely.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Barelyadverb

    Etymology: from bare.

    The external administration of his word is as well by reading barely the Scripture, as by explaining the same. Richard Hooker.

    The duke of Lancaster is dead;
    And living too, for now his son is duke ——
    —— Barely in title, not in revenue. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    He barely nam’d the street, promis’d the wine;
    But his kind wife gave me the very sign. John Donne.

    Where the balance of trade barely pays for commodities with commodities, there money must be sent, or else the debts cannot be paid. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barelyadverb

    without covering; nakedly

  2. Barelyadverb

    without concealment or disguise

  3. Barelyadverb

    merely; only

  4. Barelyadverb

    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 for barely »

  1. barley

  2. bearly

  3. bleary

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barely in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of barely in a Sentence

  1. Zealand Bell:

    I do a lot of outdoor activities that will be affected by climate change, i ski, raft, hike -- all sorts of stuff. We go up to Willamette Pass (to ski), and the last few years it's barely been open because of the lack of snow. It does sort of make me mad, but mostly I'm sad. We've affected our climate so much. We've done all of this.

  2. Charlize Theron:

    It was a relationship, for sure. We were definitely exclusive, but it was for barely a year, we never moved in. I was never going to marry Howard Stern. It was nothing like that.

  3. Burt Ward:

    I saw him a couple of weeks ago, we had breakfast before signing autographs all day long. We walked to the stage, he walked so fast I could barely keep up with him. He was in great condition. In my heart, he had no idea [what was going to happen]. He was talking about taking a trip to Europe with his wife next month. He asked me if I wanted to do some appearances in the UK because he was going to Europe… we were supposed to appear next week in Las Vegas. Plus, he was talking about adding bigger appearances.

  4. Socialist Party:

    They've barely even opened the first session and they've already violated the debate regulations.

  5. Jessica Huseman:

    The vast majority of voters in Georgia barely waited at all.

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
    • A. transparent
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