I. adjective 1. (of a person or part of the body) not clothed or covered • he was bare from the waist up
• she padded in bare feet towards the door.
2. without the appropriate, usual, or natural covering • leaf fall had left the trees bare
• bare floorboards.
3. without the appropriate or usual contents • a bare cell with just a mattress.
4. ( bare of) — devoid of; without. • the interior was bare of plaster.
5. without addition; basic and simple • he outlined the bare essentials of the story.
6. [ attrib.] — only just sufficient • the bare minimum of furniture.
7. [ attrib.] — surprisingly small in number or amount • all you need to get started with this program is a bare 10K bytes of memory.
II. verb — [with obj.] 1. uncover (a part of the body or other thing) and expose it to view • he bared his chest to show his scar.
‹informal› a large amount or number of
• my birthday’s on the 22nd—I’m gonna get bare cash
• I’ve got bare work to do
• you can’t promote your party all over Twitter and then get mad when bare people show up.
IV. adverb — [as submodifier] 1.
‹informal› very; really (used as an intensifier)
• that girl is bare lazy
• I’m in a bare good mood for once.
V. phrases 1. bare all take off all of one’s clothes and display oneself to others. • she bared all for Playboy in 2005.
2. the bare bones a. the basic facts about something, without any detail • the bare bones of the plot.
b. the very lowest level of resources necessary • his squad is already down to the bare bones and has now been hit by a flu bug.
3. bare one’s fangs (of an animal) bare its teeth aggressively • the snake reared up before her, baring its fangs.
4. bare one’s soul reveal one’s innermost secrets and feelings to someone. • one feels vulnerable in baring one’s soul to another.
5. bare one’s teeth show one’s teeth, typically when angry. • he bared his teeth in a grimace.
6. with one’s bare hands without using tools or weapons. • he was capable of killing a man with his bare hands.
VI. derivatives bareness /ˈbɛːnəs / noun
– origin Old English bær (noun), barian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch baar.