Synonyms for barely

Grammar : Adj
Spell : bair-lee
Phonetic Transcription : ˈbɛər li

Définition of barely

Origin :
  • Old English bærlice "openly, clear, public;" see bare (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "only, just" is recorded from late 15c.; that of "merely, simply" is from 1570s. In 15c. it also could mean "naked."
  • adj not quite
Example sentences :
  • I got all worried up about him, barely peckin' at a crumb or two.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • Andrew was barely in time to save the contents of the sack from her teeth.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • Yet here he was, barely of age, and almost soured by disappointments.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • Is his pronunciation of English words any thing but barely intelligible?
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 14, 1870 » by Various
  • You have barely finished your experiments, and now you're planning my ruin.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • It was barely possible that it might be required to please her inclinations.
  • Extract from : « Her Father's Daughter » by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The distance from the intrenchment to the ghaut is barely a mile.
  • Extract from : « Camps, Quarters and Casual Places » by Archibald Forbes
  • Like most educated Russians, he spoke English with barely an accent.
  • Extract from : « The Underdog » by F. Hopkinson Smith
  • My own skin has been broken, but just barely, four times by bullets.
  • Extract from : « The Rock of Chickamauga » by Joseph A. Altsheler
  • There were barely four men of those views in the whole town at that time.
  • Extract from : « The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete » by Emile Zola

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