from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adverb By a very little; hardly.
- adverb In a scanty manner; sparsely.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adverb Without covering; nakedly.
- adverb Without concealment or disguise.
- adverb Merely; only.
- adverb But just; without any excess; with nothing to spare (of quantity, time, etc.); hence, scarcely; hardly.
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- adverb degree By a small margin.
- adverb degree Almost not at all.
- adverb archaic
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adverb in a sparse or scanty way
- adverb only a very short time before
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Haven't we all become narcissists to an extent that the term barely means anything?
His eyes darkened, his expression barely controlled.
“Ready,” T echoed, the word barely more than a rush of air.
Though the label barely survived the "grunge" era, its track record in indie rock remains strong.
The word barely scratches the surface where Lindy was concerned.
But can he really be called the world's greatest when his name barely registers in public consciousness outside his own country?
The people at our label barely even knew any of us in the band.
The word "barely" is often used to indicate that something just happened, as in: "I barely got out of the hospital."
** "The Sharpshooters" (a term barely known until nearly the CW) carrying rifles (while they show a doglock being held by a frontiersmen) ... and then claim they had the advantage of batonets
Before long it became a battle for second place, with one title barely beating out the others!