meaning of barely

barely meaning in General Dictionary

Without covering nakedly

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  • nearly perhaps not
  • by somewhat
  • only a really limited time before
  • Without covering; nakedly.
  • Without concealment or disguise.
  • simply; just.
  • but simply; with no excess; with nothing to free ( of quantity, time, etc.); hence, hardly; hardly; because, there was barely enough for several; he scarcely escaped.

barely meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English b

barely meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) Without addressing; nakedly.

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  • (adv.) Without concealment or disguise.
  • (adv.) Simply; just.
  • (adv.) But just; without having any extra; with nothing to spare ( of quantity, time, etc.); ergo, hardly; barely; as, there clearly was barely sufficient for all; he scarcely escaped.

Sentence Examples with the word barely

He's not a casual acquaintance whom you barely know.

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