only just; scarcely; no more than; almost not:
He had barely enough money to pay for the car.
without disguise or concealment; openly:
They gave the facts to him barely.
scantily; meagerly; sparsely.
Jude Law went shopping this week in a T-shirt that barely contained his huge chest.
Jude Law and the Great Male ‘He-Vage’ Crisis Tim Teeman May 19, 2014
Well, it just so happens that Upton was doing the dance in a “barely there” bikini, making it “too hot” for YouTube.
Kate Upton, Justin Bieber, and More Stars Who ‘Cat Daddy’ (VIDEO) Brittany Jones-Cooper May 1, 2012
Romney is just barely hanging on by the thinnest thread that exists.
Michael Tomasky: Romney Barely Hanging On After Alabama and Mississippi Michael Tomasky March 13, 2012
In addition to being rude, much of questioning was barely relevant to the job Hagel is being nominated to hold.
Hagel Backs Down Peter Beinart January 31, 2013
And then, in an emotionally tense few seconds, sobbing, she completes the final hang power clean, barely standing upright.
Inside the Cult of CrossFit William O’Connor May 29, 2014
His action was barely conscious, but nothing could have stopped him at that moment.
The Girl and The Bill Bannister Merwin
Andrew was barely in time to save the contents of the sack from her teeth.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
Then she pushed Dils door wide open, and there was barely room for her.
In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
Is his pronunciation of English words any thing but barely intelligible?
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 14, 1870 Various
She was just reaching the maturity of womanhood, barely thirty-one, and had yet to know the meaning of love’s real glory.
The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
only just; scarcely: barely enough for their needs
(informal) not quite; nearly: barely old enough
scantily; poorly: barely furnished
Old English bærlice “openly, clear, public;” see bare (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning “only, just” is recorded from late 15c.; that of “merely, simply” is from 1570s. In 15c. it also could mean “naked.”
- Not break a sweat
not break a sweat verb phrase To do something very easily; be entirely nonchalant; not turn a hair: The touring Soviet squad barely broke a sweat in the 6–2 victory over the Badgers (1970s+ Prizefighting)
Daniel, born 1942, Israeli pianist and conductor, born in Argentina. noun Daniel. born 1942, Israeli concert pianist and conductor, born in Argentina
without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs. without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls. open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties. unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts. (of cloth) napless or threadbare. scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life. Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded. to open […]
Willem [wil-uh m] /ˈwɪl əm/ (Show IPA), died 1597, Dutch navigator and explorer. Historical Examples It was not till 1871 that Barents’ old winter quarters on Nova Zembla were discovered. A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge Barents sailed on along the coast in a northerly direction, and two days afterwards reached the […]