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Meaning of BARELY

Pronunciation:  'behrlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  by a small margin; "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. [adv]  n a sparse or scanty way; "a barely furnished room"

BARELY is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: hardly, just, scantily, scarce, scarcely



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bare"ly\, adv.
1. Without covering; nakedly.

2. Without concealment or disguise.

3. Merely; only.

         R. For now his son is duke. W. Barely in title, not
         in revenue.                           --Shak.

4. 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.

Thesaurus Terms
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