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ADVERB (2)

1. only a very short time before;
- Example: "they could barely hear the speaker"
- Example: "we hardly knew them"
- Example: "just missed being hit"
- Example: "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"
- Example: "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats
[syn: barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce]

2. in a sparse or scanty way;
- Example: "a barely furnished room"
[syn: scantily, barely]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barely \Bare"ly\, adv. 1. Without covering; nakedly. [1913 Webster] 2. Without concealment or disguise. [1913 Webster] 3. Merely; only. [1913 Webster] R. For now his son is duke. W. Barely in title, not in revenue. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. But just; without any excess; with nothing to spare (of quantity, time, etc.); hence, scarcely; hardly; as, there was barely enough for all; he barely escaped. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

barely adv 1: only a very short time before; "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats [syn: barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce] 2: in a sparse or scanty way; "a barely furnished room" [syn: scantily, barely]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

46 Moby Thesaurus words for "barely": a bit, a little, alone, baldly, by a hair, by an ace, closely, ever so little, exclusively, exiguously, faintly, feebly, hardly, imperfectly, inappreciably, inconsequentially, insignificantly, just, just a bit, lightly, little, meagerly, merely, minimally, minutely, nakedly, narrowly, nearly, negligibly, not hardly, not quite, only, only just, plainly, purely, scantily, scarce, scarcely, simply, simply and solely, singly, slightly, solely, tant soit peu, triflingly, weakly