bare

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

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bare, bar, from Old English bær (bare, naked, open), 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).

Adjective[edit]

bare (comparative barer, superlative barest)

  1. Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
    a bare majority
    • 1711, Joseph Addison, “No. 69. Saturday, May 19”, in The Spectator:
      Nature indeed furnishes us with the bare necessaries of life, but traffic gives us a great variety of what is useful
  2. 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.
  3. Having no supplies.
    a room bare of furniture
    The cupboard was bare.
    • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "[1]," 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. (MLE, Toronto, not comparable) A lot or lots of.
    It's bare money to get in the club each time, man.
  7. With head uncovered; bareheaded.
    • 1633, George Herbert, “The Church Porch”, in The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations:
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear!
  9. (figuratively) Mere; without embellishment.
  10. Threadbare, very worn.
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Adverb[edit]

bare

  1. (Britain, slang) Very; significantly.
    That pissed me off bare.
    It's taking bare time.
  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.
    • 2000, Northeast African Studies - Volume 7, page 119:
      While none of the participants had complete confidence in condoms, they continued to use them as a better alternative than “going in bare".
    • 2002, The Society of Malawi Journal - Volumes 55-58, page 70:
      It would be fine to have these women bare, without condoms.
    • 2010, M. L. Matthews, I Am Not the Father: Narratives of Men Falsely Accused of Paternity, →ISBN:
      I like to go bare. I don't like wearing condoms, actually I hate 'em.
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Noun[edit]

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Marston and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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[edit]

From Middle English baren, from Old English barian, from Proto-Germanic *bazōną (to bare, make bare).

Verb[edit]

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.
Usage notes[edit]

The verb should not be confused with the verb bear.

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Etymology 3[edit]

Inflected forms.

Verb[edit]

bare

  1. (obsolete) simple past tense of bear
    • (Can we date this quote?) 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

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Basque[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bare

  1. calm

Noun[edit]

bare

  1. slug
  2. spleen

Czech[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bare

  1. vocative singular of bar

Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /barə/, [ˈb̥ɑːɑ]

Adverb[edit]

bare

  1. just
  2. simply
  3. only, merely

Conjunction[edit]

bare

  1. I wish, I hope, if only
    • 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.

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Adjective[edit]

bare

  1. inflection of bar:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

bare

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of baren

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bare f

  1. plural of bara

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Lithuanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

bare m

  1. locative/vocative singular of baras

Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Adjective[edit]

bare

  1. best

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

bâre f

  1. bier, stretcher

Declension[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: baar

Further reading[edit]

  • bare (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000

Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929), “bare (IV)”, in Middelniederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN, page IV


Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

bare

  1. (Northern) Alternative form of bor

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bare

  1. definite singular of bar
  2. plural of bar

Adverb[edit]

bare

  1. only, merely, just
  2. but

Conjunction[edit]

bare

  1. if; as long as

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adverb[edit]

bare

  1. form removed with the spelling reform of 2012; superseded by berre

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

bare (Cyrillic spelling баре)

  1. vocative singular of bȃr

Noun[edit]

bare (Cyrillic spelling баре)

  1. inflection of bȁra:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative plural

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bare

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of bar.

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