from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. By a very little; hardly: could barely see the road in the fog.
- adv. In a scanty manner; sparsely: a barely furnished room.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. By a small margin.
- adv. Almost not at all.
- adv. merely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Without covering; nakedly.
- adv. Without concealment or disguise.
- adv. Merely; only.
- adv. But just; without any excess; with nothing to spare (of quantity, time, etc.); hence, scarcely; hardly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nakedly; openly; without disguise or concealment.
- Scantily; poorly: as, a man barely clad, or a room barely furnished.
- Only just; no more than; with nothing over or to spare: as, she is barely sixteen.
- Merely; only.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a sparse or scanty way
- adv. only a very short time before
bare + -ly (Wiktionary)