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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.
Historical Examples

Stocks come flyin down, like litenin, and the barish porshun of the compenney, was makin a immense pile of munney.
The Bad Boy At Home Walter T. Gray

It stands at the end of a long spit of land—a long, barish peninsula that has no houses and looks as if it might be golf-links.
Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence

Some patches of ancient coppice at the base of the barish hills behind, give it even a smiling aspect.
Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal, No. 451 Various

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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