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 to view; reveal or divulge:
to bare one’s arms; to bare damaging new facts.
Contemporary Examples

Only the barest pragmatism will ring true, and then only if the person is receptive, which this user clearly wasn’t.
Anatomy of an Internet Suicide Brian Ries August 30, 2010

While this helped him, Sizemore adds with just the barest glimmer of pride, “I wouldn’t need that type of threat now.”
A Hollywood Star’s Journey Through Meth Hell Anna David August 31, 2010

Only the barest majority, 51 percent, says Obama is in touch with the concerns of most Americans.
A Stunning Number That Will Have No Impact Michael Tomasky April 15, 2013

Historical Examples

The barest necessities of life were all that she allowed herself.
Overshadowed Sutton E. Griggs

There was just the barest chance that there might be some legitimate way out.
Final Weapon Everett B. Cole

It whizzed past the flying hind legs, scoring the barest of misses.
Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune

Of the castle built in 1125 there are only the barest traces.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various

He himself might have been surfeited and bitter, but his work contains only the barest hint of his temperamental retrospection.
Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright

The officers’ baggage was reduced to the barest necessities.
The Naval History of the United States Willis J. Abbot.

The material of this lesson is so extensive that only the barest summary can be attempted in the class.
The Literature and History of New Testament Times J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen

unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothing: a bare tree
lacking appropriate furnishings, etc: a bare room
unembellished; simple: the bare facts
(prenomial) just sufficient; mere: he earned the bare minimum
with one’s bare hands, without a weapon or tool
(transitive) to make bare; uncover; reveal
(archaic) a past tense of bear1

Old English bær “naked, uncovered, unclothed,” from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (cf. German bar, Old Norse berr, Dutch baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok “naked;” Old Church Slavonic bosu, Lithuanian basas “barefoot”). Meaning “sheer, absolute” (c.1200) is from the notion of “complete in itself.”

Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.


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