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[bair] /bɛər/
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.
Origin of bare1
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
Related forms
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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Examples from the Web for barer
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  • Snake made lights with the jewels, and once more they began to pick their way over the terrain, barer and barer of vegetation.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • Yes, the reality was barer than the picture that she had seen.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • She found his room poorer and barer even than she had fancied it might be.

  • They are poorer and barer than the worst you would see in Russia.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • The room appeared harder, barer, emptier than when I had seen it before.

    The House of Martha Frank R. Stockton
  • If our life and worship was barer and harder than that of the past, it was also far higher.

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
  • This region is most productive towards the north, barer and more arid as we proceed southwards towards the desert.

  • barer than the heavens emptied of the constellations that are called by their names.

    Hope of the Gospel George MacDonald
  • Life in such a country was even rougher and barer than in the Waxhaws.

    Andrew Jackson William Garrott Brown
  • Facing the village is the wooded hill of Stantonbury (to be distinguished from its barer neighbour Wynbury).

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
British Dictionary definitions for barer


unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothing: a bare tree
lacking appropriate furnishings, etc: a bare room
unembellished; simple: the bare facts
(prenomial) just sufficient; mere: he earned the bare minimum
with one's bare hands, without a weapon or tool
(transitive) to make bare; uncover; reveal
Derived Forms
bareness, noun
Word Origin
Old English bær; compare Old Norse berr, Old High German bar naked, Old Slavonic bosǔ barefoot


(archaic) a past tense of bear1
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Word Origin and History for barer



Old English bær "naked, uncovered, unclothed," from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (cf. German bar, Old Norse berr, Dutch baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok "naked;" Old Church Slavonic bosu, Lithuanian basas "barefoot"). Meaning "sheer, absolute" (c.1200) is from the notion of "complete in itself."


Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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