- 1 English
- 1.1 Pronunciation
- 1.2 Etymology 1
- 1.3 Etymology 2
- 1.4 Etymology 3
- 1.5 References
- 1.6 Anagrams
- 2 Basque
- 3 Czech
- 4 Danish
- 5 Dutch
- 6 Italian
- 7 Manx
- 8 Middle Dutch
- 9 Norwegian Bokmål
- 10 Swedish
- (UK) IPA(key): /bɛə(ɹ)/, /bɛː(ɹ)/, enPR: bâr
- (US) IPA(key): /bɛɚ/, enPR: bâr
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- Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)
- Homophone: bear
From Middle English bare, bar, from Old English bær (“bare, naked, open”), from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (“bare, naked”), from Proto-Indo-European *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”).
- Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
- a bare majority
- the bare necessaries of life
- Naked, uncovered.
- Don't show your bare backside in public.
- 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.
- (Britain, slang, not comparable) A lot or lots of.
- It's bare money to get in the club each time, man.
- With head uncovered; bareheaded.
- When once thy foot enters the church, be bare.
- Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
- Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear!
- (figuratively) Mere; without embellishment.
- Those who lent him money lent it on no security but his bare word.
- Threadbare; much worn.
- It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words.
- (minimal): mere, minimal
- (without a condom): Wikisaurus: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.
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.”
- Without a condom
bare (plural bares)
- (‘the bare’) the surface, the (bare) skin
- Surface; body; substance.
- 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.
- (obsolete) simple past tense of
- bare in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- bare in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- definite and plural of
- plural of
This noun needs an inflection-table template.
- Dutch: baar
- definite singular of
- plural form of
- berre (Nynorsk)
- “bare” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- absolute definite natural masculine form of bar.