Etymology
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barely (adv.)

Old English bærlice "openly, clear, public;" see bare (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "only just, no more than," is recorded from late 15c. In Middle English it also could mean "solely, exclusively."

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Definitions of barely

barely (adv.)
only a very short time before; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats;
Synonyms: hardly / just / scarcely / scarce
barely (adv.)
almost not;
we were so far back in the theater, we could barely read the subtitles
she barely seemed to notice him
Synonyms: hardly / scarcely / scarce
barely (adv.)
by a little;
it was barely 5 a.m.
the network has barely 5 percent of viewers
Synonyms: just
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