Definitions and meaning of bare
- (UK) IPA(key): /bɛə(ɹ)/, /bɛː(ɹ)/, enPR: bâr
- (US) IPA(key): /bɛəɹ/, enPR: bâr
- Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)
- Homophone: bear
From Middle English bare, bar, from Old English bær (“bare, naked, open”), from Proto-West Germanic *baʀ, from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (“bare, naked”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰosós, from *bʰos- (“bare, barefoot”).
Cognate with Scots bare, bair (“bare”), Saterland Frisian bar (“bare”), West Frisian baar (“bare”), Dutch baar (“bare”), German bar (“bare”), Swedish bar (“bare”), Icelandic ber (“bare”), Lithuanian basas (“barefoot, bare”), Polish bosy (“barefoot”).
bare (comparative barer, superlative barest)
- Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
- a bare majority
- Naked, uncovered.
- I do wonder why keeping my little breasts bare can be lewd even as none tells my brother anything for being bare-chested.
- 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.
- Having no decoration.
- The walls of this room are bare — why not hang some paintings on them?
- Having had what usually covers (something) removed.
- The trees were left bare after the swarm of locusts devoured all the leaves.
- (MLE, Toronto, not comparable) A lot or lots of.
- It's bare money to get in the club each time, man.
- With head uncovered; bareheaded.
- Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
- (figurative) Mere; without embellishment.
- Threadbare, very worn.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II, scene iv:
- for it appears, by their bare liveries, that they live by your bare words.
- Not insured.
- 1987, 1 December, ABA Journal (page 86)
- Before the company was formed, the firm went bare for about three months in 1985, but it now has prior acts coverage for that time.
- 1994, David S. Haviland, The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice (page 310)
- That a firm chooses to go bare has no effect on whether it gets sued or not.
- (minimal): mere, minimal
- (without a condom): Thesaurus:condomless
- (naked): exposed, naked, nude, uncovered, undressed
- (having no supplies): empty, unfurnished, unstocked, unsupplied
- (having no decoration): empty, plain, unadorned, undecorated
- (having had what usually covers (something) removed): despoiled, stripped, uncovered
- (minimal): ample, plentiful, sufficient
- (naked): covered, covered up, dressed, unexposed
- (having no supplies): full, furnished, stocked, supplied, well-stocked
- (having no decoration): adorned, decorated, ornate
- (having had what usually covers (something) removed): covered
- (Britain, slang) Very; significantly.
- That pissed me off bare.
- It's taking bare time.
- Without a condom.
bare (plural bares)
- (‘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.
- Surface; body; substance.
- c. 1599, John Marston, Antonio and Mellida
- You have touched the very bare of naked truth.
- (architecture) That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.
From Middle English baren, from Old English barian, from Proto-Germanic *bazōną (“to bare, make bare”).
bare (third-person singular simple present bares, present participle baring, simple past and past participle bared)
- (transitive) To uncover; to reveal.
The verb should not be confused with the verb bear.
- (uncover): expose, lay bare, reveal, show, uncover; see also Thesaurus:reveal
- (uncover): cover, cover up, hide
- (obsolete) simple past tense of bear
- And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon
- 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
- bare in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- bare in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Aber, Bear, Brea, Reba, bear, brae, rabe
bare anim or inan
- vocative singular of bar
- IPA(key): /ˈbaːrə/, [ˈb̥ɑːɑ]
From the adjective bar (“naked”).
- only, merely
- I wish, I hope, if only (introduces a wish)
- 1979, Tove Ditlevsen, Vi har kun hinanden: To som elsker hinanden (→ISBN)
- Bare vi var alene.
- I wish we were alone.
- 2014, Pernille Eybye, Blodets bånd #1: Blodsøstre, Tellerup A/S (→ISBN)
- „Bare jeg kunne blive hele natten," fortsatte han.
- "If only I could stay all night", he continued.
- 2013, Lyngby-Taarbæk Bibliotekerne, Tanker om tid: 15 udvalgte noveller, BoD – Books on Demand (→ISBN), page 43
- Bare jeg kunne spole tiden tilbage.
- If only I could rewind time.
- if only (introduces a conditional subclause)
See the etymology of the main entry.
- inflection of bar:
- definite singular
- (archaic) singular present subjunctive of baren
- plural of bara
Compare Persian باره (bâre, “subject, issue”)
- locative/vocative singular of baras
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From Old Dutch *bāra, from Proto-West Germanic *bāru, from Proto-Germanic *bērō.
- bier, stretcher
This noun needs an inflection-table template.
- “bare (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
- Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929) , “bare (IV)”, in Middelniederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN, page IV
- (Northern) Alternative form of bor
- definite singular of bar
- plural of bar
- only, merely, just
- if; as long as
- “bare” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- form removed with the spelling reform of 2012; superseded by berre
bare (Cyrillic spelling баре)
- vocative singular of bȃr
bare (Cyrillic spelling баре)
- inflection of bȁra:
- genitive singular
- nominative/accusative/vocative plural
- absolute definite natural masculine form of bar.
- unclothed, uncovered.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)