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OTHER WORDS FROM barebarish, adjectivebareness, noun
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BARE VS. BEAR
What’s the difference between bare and bear?
Bare can be an adjective that means uncovered (as in bare feet) or empty or without the usual contents (as in bare cabinets or bare walls), or a verb meaning to reveal or open to view (as in bare your secrets). As a verb, bear commonly means to endure something negative (as in I can’t bear to watch) or to carry, hold up, or support (as in The roof can’t bear that much weight), while as a noun it refers to the big furry animal (like grizzly bears and polar bears).
As a verb, bear is often used in the context of holding or carrying things, including in literal, physical ways (as in bear a load or bear weight) and in figurative ones (as in bear a grudge).
Bare is most commonly used as an adjective, usually involving something uncovered or empty.
To remember the difference in spelling, remember that bears have ears, and they are able to bear a lot of weight because of how big and strong they are, but they are never bare because they are covered in fur.
Here’s an example of bare and bear used correctly in a sentence.
Example: Why does the bear never wear shoes? Because he prefers bare feet.
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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.
How to use bare in a sentence
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.
Some good preparation for bare-knuckle New York City politics.The Next Major Reform Prosecutor Could Well Be a ‘Survivor’|Joshua Eferighe|August 4, 2020|Ozy
This year, a bare-bones welfare program will continue into the New Year without being updated.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block|Monica Potts|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Bare [sic] with me on vlogmas,” she told her fans in a Tweet.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling|Lucy Scholes|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The further forward bare-boned science goes, however, the more forceful the counter- response.Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils|Kent Sepkowitz|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Houses were evacuated and stripped bare, and civilians vanished at the sight of a truck.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates for infants to be put to sleep in a bare crib to prevent SIDS.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R.|Russell Saunders|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eggs and nestlings were found lying on the bare soil at the inner ends of the burrows; no nesting material was found.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
Sometimes the stems are quite bare; on other occasions they are partly branched; in any case the branches are short.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
She thrust a bare, white arm from the curtain which shielded her open door, and received the cup from his hands.
From Canada on the north, to Texas on the south, the hot winds had laid the land seemingly bare.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Her little neck and arms were bare, and her hair, artificially crimped, stood out like fluffy black plumes over her head.