See also: Baré, bāre, bārē, barē, båre, Bäre, and ba-rê

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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English bare, bar, from Old English bær (bare, naked, open), from Proto-West Germanic *baʀ, 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 bar (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 May 30 (Gregorian calendar), [Joseph Addison], “SATURDAY, May 19, 1711”, in The Spectator, number 69; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], volume I, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, →OCLC:
      Nature indeed furnishes us with the bare necessaries of life, but traffic gives us a great variety of what is useful
      The spelling has been modernized.
  2. Naked, uncovered.
    • 1961, Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach, Knopf, page 46:
      "I refuse to show myself out of doors in my bare feet," the Centipede said. "I have to get my boots on again first."
  3. 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.
  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, MTE, Yorkshire, slang, not comparable) A lot or lots of.
    It's bare money to get in the club each time, man.
    It's taking bare time.
    • 2005 July 13, Ryan, quotee, “‘We like the easy money. We like the lifestyle’”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The phone would answer, we'd go round the corner, pass something to someone, go back and we'd have bare dough, we'd have bare money in our pocket.
    • 2016 December 3, Millie B (lyrics and music), “Soph Aspin Send”, performed by Millie B:
      You shagged bare lads, you're a little sket / Have you heard your bars? They're fucking pept
    • 2023, Nathan Bryon, Tom Melia, directed by Raine Allen-Miller, Rye Lane, spoken by Nathan (Simon Manyonda):
      Oh, come on. Help a brother out. People see you coppin', might inspire them. Look, I know you ain't payin' bills right now. Man must have bare peas saved up.
  7. With head uncovered; bareheaded.
    • [1633], George Herbert, “The Church-porch”, in [Nicholas Ferrar], editor, The Temple: Sacred Poems, and Private Ejaculations, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: [] Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel; and are to be sold by Francis Green, [], →OCLC; reprinted London: Elliot Stock, [], 1885, →OCLC, page 14:
      When once thy foot enters the church, be bare. / God is more there, then thou: for thou art there / Onely by his permiſſion.
  8. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
  9. (figuratively) Mere; without embellishment.
    bare essentials; bare necessities
  10. Threadbare, very worn.
  11. Not insured.
    • 1987 December 1, ABA Journal, page 86:
      Before the company was formed, the firm went bare for about three months in 1985, but it now has prior acts coverage for that time.
    • 1994, David S. Haviland, The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, page 310:
      That a firm chooses to go bare has no effect on whether it gets sued or not.
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bare

  1. (dialect) Barely.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide:
      The fiend had bare departed when Ailie came over the threshold to find the auld carline glunching over the fire.
    • 2009, Allan Cole with 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.”
  2. (MLE, slang) Very; significantly.
    That pissed me off bare.
    That's bare stupid.
  3. (slang) 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.
  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, sometimes figurative) To uncover; to reveal.
    She bared her teeth at him.
    The tabloid newspaper promised to bare all.
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The verb should not be confused with the verb bear.

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bare

  1. (obsolete) simple past of bear

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bare (comparative bareago, superlative bareen, excessive bareegi)

  1. calm
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bare anim

  1. slug
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bare inan

  1. spleen
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References edit

  • bare” in Orotariko Euskal Hiztegia [General Basque Dictionary], euskaltzaindia.eus
  • "bare" in Euskaltzaindiaren Hiztegia [Dictionary of the Basque Academy], euskaltzaindia.eus
  • bare” in Etymological Dictionary of Basque by R. L. Trask, sussex.ac.uk

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bare

  1. vocative singular of bar

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbaːrə/, [ˈb̥ɑːɑ]

Etymology 1 edit

From the adjective bar (naked).

Adverb edit

bare

  1. just
  2. simply
  3. only, merely

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bare

  1. I wish, I hope, if only (introduces a wish)
    • 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.
  2. if only (introduces a conditional subclause)
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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

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bare

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

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bare

  1. (dated or formal) singular present subjunctive of baren

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bare

  1. inflection of bar:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈba.re/
  • Rhymes: -are
  • Hyphenation: bà‧re

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bare f

  1. plural of bara

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bare m

  1. locative/vocative singular of baras

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

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bare

  1. best

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Etymology edit

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

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bâre f

  1. bier, stretcher

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  • Dutch: baar

Further reading edit

  • “bare (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek[3], 2000
  • Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929), “bare (IV)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN, page IV

Middle English edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Old English bær, from Proto-West Germanic *baʀ, from Proto-Germanic *bazaz.

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bare

  1. unclothed; naked, nude
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bare

  1. (Northern) Alternative form of bor

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bare

  1. to stand

Northern Kurdish edit

Etymology edit

Compare Persian باره (bâre, subject, issue).

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bare m

  1. topic
  2. hashtag

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bare

  1. definite singular of bar
  2. plural of bar

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bare

  1. only, merely, just
  2. but

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bare

  1. if; as long as

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bare

  1. (pre-2012) alternative form of berre

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bare (Cyrillic spelling баре)

  1. vocative singular of bȃr

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bare (Cyrillic spelling баре)

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

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bare

  1. definite natural masculine singular of bar

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