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Meaning & Definition of Barely in English





1. 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
  • barely,
  • hardly,
  • just,
  • scarcely,
  • scarce

2. In a sparse or scanty way

  • "A barely furnished room"
  • scantily,
  • barely

Examples of using

Tom could barely hide his smile.
Tom could barely conceal his excitement.
You've barely said a word all night.