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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.

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, bearly, bleary

  2. Barley

  3. Bearly

  4. 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. Minister Hisham Zaazou:

    From January until the end of August the rise was very little, barely 5 percent, so if we move at the same rate the numbers will be around 10 million... or slightly higher.

  2. Curtis Armstrong:

    Everybody has their own opinions about what the reason was, after a while, they were barely even trying to hide it … It was a fairly well-known fact that they did not get along … I think there was a briefcase thrown at one point.

  3. Jane Sanders:

    [Bernie] came, and everyone was swarming around him and the other candidates, because they weren't supportive of the mayor, so, being the good Catholic girl, of course I was very nice to the mayor and barely even said hello to Bernie, but when I heard him speak, well, that was it. The police department I was working with supported him after that, and he won 10 days later. We met at the victory party, and that was the beginning of forever.

  4. Paul Nolte:

    Markets opened modestly lower after yesterday's big rally and then the ISM number came out just barely above 50, stocks are recovering a little bit, but it goes on the side of the ledger that indicates that the U.S. and the global economies are certainly not growing at a robust rate.

  5. Michele Lawson:

    I’m in a lot of pain, i’m hurting because she’s hurting. She can barely walk.

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