A woman with bare shoulders.
- The definition of bare is something that is just enough without anything extra.
Giving the facts without any opinions, explanations, or extra details is an example of giving the bare facts.
- Bare is defined as a lack of clothing or refers to something that is empty of its usual contents.
- When you have no shoes or socks on your feet, that is an example of bare feet.
- An unfurnished apartment is an example of a bare apartment.
- To bare means to take away something that was covering something else.
To take a hat off of your head is an example of bare.
- without the natural or customary covering: bare wooden floors
- without clothing; naked: bare legs
- without equipment, supplies, or furnishings; empty: a bare room, a bare larder
- without embellishment; unadorned; simple; plain: the bare facts
- without tools or weapons: obsolete except in bare hands
- no more than; mere: a bare subsistence wage
Origin of bareMiddle English bar from Old English bær from Indo-European an unverified form bhoso-s from uncertain or unknown; perhaps base an unverified form bhes-, to rub off from source sand
transitive verbbared, bar′ing
- Lacking the usual or appropriate covering or clothing; naked: a bare arm.
- Exposed to view; undisguised: bare fangs.
- Lacking the usual furnishings, equipment, or decoration: bare walls.
- Having no addition, adornment, or qualification: the bare facts.
- Just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities.
- Obsolete Bareheaded.
transitive verbbared, bar·ing, bares
- To make bare; uncover or reveal: bared their heads; baring secrets.
- To expose: The dog bared its teeth.
Origin of bareMiddle English bar from Old English bær ; see bhoso- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative barer, superlative barest)
- Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
- a bare majority
- Naked, uncovered.
- Don't show your bare backside in public.
- Having no supplies.
- a room bare of furniture
- The cupboard was 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.
- (UK, slang, not comparable) A lot or lots of.
- It's bare money to get in the club each time, man.
- With head uncovered; bareheaded.
- Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
- Threadbare; much worn.
- (‘the bare’) the surface, the (bare) skin
- Surface; body; substance.
- (architecture) That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.
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”).
(third-person singular simple present bares, present participle baring, simple past and past participle bared)
Old English barian.
- 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