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Webster 1913 Edition


Bare

Bare

(bâr)
,
Adj.
[OE.
bar
,
bare
, AS.
bær
; akin to D. & G.
baar
, OHG.
par
, Icel.
berr
, Sw. & Dan.
bar
, Oslav.
bosŭ
barefoot, Lith.
basas
; cf. Skr.
bhās
to shine. √85.]
1.
Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked;
as, his body is
bare
; the trees are
bare
.
2.
With head uncovered; bareheaded.
When once thy foot enters the church, be
bare
.
Herbert.
3.
Without anything to cover up or conceal one’s thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
Bare
in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear !
Milton.
4.
Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager.
“Uttering bare truth.”
Shak.
5.
Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; – used with of (rarely with in) before the thing wanting or taken away;
as, a room
bare
of furniture
.
“A bare treasury.”
Dryden.
6.
Threadbare; much worn.
It appears by their
bare
liveries that they live by your bare words.
Shakespeare
7.
Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else;
as, a
bare
majority
.
“The bare necessaries of life.”
Addison.
Nor are men prevailed upon by
bare
words.
South.
Under bare poles
(Naut.)
,
having no sail set.

Bare

,
Noun.
1.
Surface; body; substance.
[R.]
You have touched the very
bare
of naked truth.
Marston.
2.
(Arch.)
That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.

Bare

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Bared
(bârd);
p. pr. & vb. n.
Baring
.]
[AS.
barian
. See
Bare
,
Adj.
]
To strip off the covering of; to make bare;
as, to
bare
the breast
.

Bare

.
Bore; the old preterit of
Bear
,
Verb.

Webster 1828 Edition


Bare

BARE

,
Adj.
[This word is from opening, separating, stripping.]
1.
Naked, without covering; as, the arm is bare; the trees are bare.
2.
With the head uncovered, from respect.
3.
Plain; simple; unadorned; without the polish of refined manners.
4.
Laid open to view; detected; no longer concealed.
5.
Poor; destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished.
I have made Esau bare. Jer.xlix.
6.
Alone; unaccompanied.
7.
Thread-bare; much worn.
8.
Wanting clothes; or ill supplied with garments.
Under bare poles, at sea, signifies having no sail set.
It is often followed by of; as, the country is bare of money.

BARE

,
Verb.
T.
[See Bare, adj.]
To strip off the covering; to make naked; as, to bare the breast.

BARE

, the old preterit of bear, now bore.

Definition 2022


bare

bare

See also: Baré, bāre, bārē, barē, båre, and Bäre

English

Adjective

bare (comparative barer, superlative barest)

  1. Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
    a bare majority
    • Addison
      the bare necessaries of life
  2. Naked, uncovered.
    Don't show your bare backside in public.
  3. Having no supplies.
    a room bare of furniture
    The cupboard was bare.
    • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "," New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012):
      Localities across New Jersey imposed curfews to prevent looting. In Monmouth, Ocean and other counties, people waited for hours for gasoline at the few stations that had electricity. Supermarket shelves were stripped bare.
  4. Having no decoration.
    The walls of this room are bare why not hang some paintings on them?
  5. Having had what usually covers (something) removed.
    The trees were left bare after the swarm of locusts devoured all the leaves.
  6. (Britain, slang, not comparable) A lot or lots of.
    It's bare money to get in the club each time, man.
  7. With head uncovered; bareheaded.
    • Herbert
      When once thy foot enters the church, be bare.
  8. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
    • Milton
      Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear!
  9. (figuratively) Mere; without embellishment.
    • Macaulay
      Those who lent him money lent it on no security but his bare word.
  10. Threadbare; much worn.
    • Shakespeare
      It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words.
Synonyms
Antonyms
Derived terms
Translations

Adverb

bare

  1. (Britain, slang) Very; significantly.
    This porno's bare whack, bruv.
  2. Barely.
    • 2009, Allan Cole; Chris Bunch, The Wars of the Shannons:
      He finally came back to himself and asked why the furor. "Why," Lucy said, "because this is Christmas Eve. We have bare enough time to get ready for the ball, after dinner, as it is."
    • 2011, Elizabeth Vaughan, Warprize:
      “I've bare enough for these two, much less fill your belly.”
  3. Without a condom
Translations

Noun

bare (plural bares)

  1. (‘the bare’) the surface, the (bare) skin
    • 1599, John Marston, Antonio and Mellida
      In sad good earnest, sir, you have toucht the very bare of naked truth [...]
    • 2002, Darren Shan, Hunters of the dusk: 7:
      Vancha clasped the bare of my neck and squeezed amiably.
  2. Surface; body; substance.
    • Marston
      You have touched the very bare of naked truth.
  3. (architecture) That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.

Etymology 2

From Old English barian.

Verb

bare (third-person singular simple present bares, present participle baring, simple past and past participle bared)

  1. (transitive) To uncover; to reveal.
    She bared her teeth at him.
Synonyms
Antonyms
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 3

Inflected forms.

Verb

bare

  1. (obsolete) simple past tense of bear
    • Bible, Josh. iii. 15
      The feet of the priest that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 5
      And so I put thee on my shoulder and bare thee back, and here thou art in David's room, and shalt find board and bed with me as long as thou hast mind to

References

  • bare in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • bare in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Anagrams


Basque

Adjective

bare

  1. calm

Noun

bare

  1. slug
  2. spleen

Czech

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbarɛ/

Noun

bare

  1. vocative singular of bar

Danish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /barə/, [ˈb̥ɑːɑ]

Adverb

bare

  1. just
  2. simply
  3. only, merely

Conjunction

bare

  1. I wish, I hope
  2. if only

Adjective

bare

  1. definite and plural of bar

Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

bare

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of baren

Italian

Noun

bare f

  1. plural of bara

Anagrams


Manx

Adjective

bare

  1. best

Middle Dutch

Etymology

From Old Dutch *bāra, from Proto-Germanic *bērō.

Noun

bâre f

  1. bier, stretcher

Declension

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Descendants


Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

bare

  1. definite singular of bar
  2. plural form of bar

Adverb

bare

  1. only, merely, just
  2. but

Conjunction

bare

  1. if; as long as

See also

References


Swedish

Adjective

bare

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of bar.