- without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs.
- without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls.
- open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties.
- unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts.
- (of cloth) napless or threadbare.
- scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life.
- Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.
- to open to view; reveal or divulge: to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.
Origin of bare1
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Examples from the Web for bareness
And he liked East Wellmouth, bareness and bleakness and lonesomeness and all.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
No doubt this is a partial explanation of the bareness of American politics.A Preface to Politics
That was a sort of pity for the incompleteness of her mother's life; the bareness of it.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
The little white-curtained room was bareness and neatness itself.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
She found that the sitting-room lacked the bareness of dormitory rooms.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
- unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
- without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothinga bare tree
- lacking appropriate furnishings, etca bare room
- unembellished; simplethe bare facts
- (prenomial) just sufficient; merehe earned the bare minimum
- with one's bare hands without a weapon or tool
- (tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal
- archaic a past tense of bear 1
Word Origin and History for bareness
Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.
Old English bær "naked, uncovered, unclothed," from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (cf. German bar, Old Norse berr, Dutch baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok "naked;" Old Church Slavonic bosu, Lithuanian basas "barefoot"). Meaning "sheer, absolute" (c.1200) is from the notion of "complete in itself."