What is the meaning of barely?


  • 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
  • In a sparse or scanty way.
    • usage: "a barely furnished room"
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APAWordNet. (2010). barely. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/barely/definitions/1250773
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