- 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 barest
Only the barest majority, 51 percent, says Obama is in touch with the concerns of most Americans.A Stunning Number That Will Have No Impact
April 16, 2013
While this helped him, Sizemore adds with just the barest glimmer of pride, "I wouldn't need that type of threat now."A Hollywood Star's Journey Through Meth Hell
September 1, 2010
Only the barest pragmatism will ring true, and then only if the person is receptive, which this user clearly wasn't.Anatomy of an Internet Suicide
August 31, 2010
It was perfectly legal to arrest that man on the barest suspicion.The Secret Agent
A third put on the barest trace of solar-system drive to get clear of the rest.Pariah Planet
In Mandeville, and in Kaye, it is presented only in its barest and starkest form.A Letter to Dion
Her 309 fingers touched his chin––the barest ghost of a caressing contact.Once to Every Man
She looked over his head with the barest shade of disdain in her expression.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
- 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 barest
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."