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
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!