adjective, bar·er, bar·est.
verb (used with object), bared, bar·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM barebarish, adjectivebareness, noun
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does bare mean?
Bare is UK slang for very or lots of.
Where does bare come from?
The slang bare originates in Multicultural London English in the 1990s and was widely reported on as UK slang in the 2010s in the mainstream presence.
A contributor to its spread is the popular, London-based genre of rap music called Grime, which features aggressive, hard-hitting beats and lyrics. In their 2016 song “Too Many Man,” for instance, Grime group Boy Better Know sang about the club: “We need some more girls in here…Bare man not enough girls in here.” That track featured the “Godfather of Grime” himself, Wiley, who wrote “bare hype, bare bullshit, bare drama” on his 2015 mixtape Tunnel Vision Volume 1.
In 2013, a school in south London attempted to ban students from using words like bare on campus, believing it hurt their employment chances later in life.
How is bare used in real life?
Bare is used as an intensifier. If you earn bare money, you earn “a lot” of money.
being an estate agent was one of my ideas might actually get into it tbh you earn bare money
— kian (@ky6hh) October 18, 2018
If you are bare hungry, as another example, then you are “extremely” hungry.
If you were in the presence of bare women, as many who use the word often claim to be, that would be “many girls.”
Thanks to the popularity of Grime music and the diversity of London, bare has spread beyond UK slang into mainstream youth slang. It’s still closely associated with London slang, however.
More examples of bare:
“School slang ban is bare extra, innit?“
—Felix Allen, The Sun (headline), October, 2013
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for bare
If you can’t touch the ground with your bare hand or step on it with bare feet, it’ll hurt your pet, Perry and Mynchenberg both say.
Covid-19 is intensifying technonationalist tendencies in part by laying bare the differences between countries that are handling the pandemic well and those that aren’t.
It found that neck gaiters made out of a polyester spandex material allowed more droplets of liquid to pass through when the wearer was speaking than any other type of face covering—and even bare lips.
In the future, you can see a lot of students going straight for the bare essentials.
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Maybe, just maybe he'd be able to get the message across if he stripped it down to its bare bones.Are Politicians Too Dumb to Understand the Lyrics to ‘Born in the USA’?|Parker Molloy|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bare bones of an already-anemic effort to fight the epidemic in West Africa that is threatening to destroy the entire region.
Of course the scenes we worried about the most—when Joan was the most vulnerable and bare—were not a concern for her.The Directors of Joan Rivers Documentary 'A Piece of Work' Remember Its Star|Kevin Fallon|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He did not conceal anything; he merely outlined without filling in the bare suggestion.Money Magic|Hamlin Garland
The serape was put aside languidly and a bare brown arm appeared.The Mission of Janice Day|Helen Beecher Long
Two low rocky ranges enter its borders from the south and run northward in a bare and unshaded mass toward the plain country.
Though much of the ground is bare in the desert, the plants are actually crowded together as closely as possible.The Red Man's Continent|Ellsworth Huntington
From the woods and the forests they came, and from the bare hillsides—the lion, the leopard and the trembling fawn.Children of the Dawn|Elsie Finnimore Buckley