bare /bɛː/


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.
III. determiner

‹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]

‹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 /

– origin Old English bær (noun), barian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch baar.

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