barely

[bair-lee]
adverb
1.
only just; scarcely; no more than; almost not: He had barely enough money to pay for the car.
2.
without disguise or concealment; openly: They gave the facts to him barely.
3.
scantily; meagerly; sparsely.
4.
Archaic. merely.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English; Old English bærlīce. See bare1, -ly

barely, hardly, scarcely (see synonym study at hardly).


1. See hardly.
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barely (ˈbɛəlɪ)
 
adv
1.  only just; scarcely: barely enough for their needs
2.  informal not quite; nearly: barely old enough
3.  scantily; poorly: barely furnished
4.  archaic openly
 

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barely
O.E. bærlice "openly, clear, public;" see bare. Meaning "only, just" is recorded from late 15c.; that of "merely, simply" is from 1570s. In 15c. it also could mean "naked."
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Example sentences
Jacobs barely makes contact with another player during the sequence.
When the going gets tough, some people barely notice.
Often barely three feet wide and half that deep, the lowly acequia is a
  hand-dug, lovingly maintained ditch.
Mega-large, barely portable computers continue to trickle onto the market.
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