1 [bair]
adjective, barer, barest.
without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs.
without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls.
open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties.
unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts.
(of cloth) napless or threadbare.
scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life.
Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.
verb (used with object), bared, baring.
to open to view; reveal or divulge: to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.

before 900; Middle English; Old English bær; cognate with Old Frisian ber, Dutch baar, Old Saxon, Old High German, German bar, Old Norse berr, Lithuanian bãsas barefoot, Russian bos; akin to Armenian bok naked

barish, adjective
bareness, noun

1. undressed. 2. plain, stark, empty, barren. Bare, stark, barren share the sense of lack or absence of something that might be expected. Bare the least powerful in connotation of the three, means lack of expected or usual coverings, furnishings, or embellishments: bare floor, feet, head. Stark implies extreme severity or desolation and resultant bleakness or dreariness: a stark landscape; a stark, emotionless countenance. Barren carries a strong sense of sterility and oppressive dullness: barren fields; a barren relationship. 6. See mere1. 8. uncover, expose.

1. covered. Unabridged
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bare1 (bɛə)
1.  unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
2.  without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothing: a bare tree
3.  lacking appropriate furnishings, etc: a bare room
4.  unembellished; simple: the bare facts
5.  (prenomial) just sufficient; mere: he earned the bare minimum
6.  with one's bare hands without a weapon or tool
7.  (tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal
[Old English bær; compare Old Norse berr, Old High German bar naked, Old Slavonic bosǔ barefoot]

bare2 (bɛə)
archaic a past tense of bear

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bær "naked, uncovered," from P.Gmc. *bazaz (cf. Ger. bar, O.N. berr, Du. baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok "naked;" O.C.S. bosu, Lith. basas "barefoot"). Meaning "sheer, absolute" (c.1200) is from the notion of "complete in itself." The verb is O.E. barian.
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