adjective, bar·er, bar·est.
verb (used with object), bared, bar·ing.
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Origin of bare1
SYNONYMS FOR bare
ANTONYMS FOR bare
synonym study for bare
OTHER WORDS FROM barebar·ish, adjectivebare·ness, noun
Words nearby bare
Definition for bare (2 of 4)
Definition for bare (3 of 4)
verb (used with object), bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bear·ing.
verb (used without object), bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bear·ing.
- to press or weigh down.
- to strive harder; intensify one's efforts: We can't hope to finish unless everyone bears down.
- Nautical. to approach from windward, as a ship: The cutter was bearing down the channel at twelve knots.
- to press or weigh down on.
- to strive toward.
- to approach something rapidly.
- Nautical. to approach (another vessel) from windward: The sloop bore down on us, narrowly missing our stern.
- Nautical. to keep (a boat) from touching or rubbing against a dock, another boat, etc.
- Nautical. to steer away.
- Backgammon. to remove the stones from the board after they are all home.
Origin of bear1
synonym study for bear
usage note for bear
Definition for bare (4 of 4)
noun, plural bears, (especially collectively) bear.
verb (used with object), beared, bear·ing.
Origin of bear2
OTHER WORDS FROM bearbear·like, adjective
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
“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 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
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
British Dictionary definitions for bare (1 of 5)
Derived forms of barebareness, noun
Word Origin for bare
British Dictionary definitions for bare (2 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for bare (3 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for bare (4 of 5)
verb bears, bearing, bore or borne (mainly tr)
Word Origin for bear
British Dictionary definitions for bare (5 of 5)
noun plural bears or bear
- a speculator who sells in anticipation of falling prices to make a profit on repurchase
- (as modifier)a bear market Compare bull 1 (def. 5)
verb bears, bearing or beared
Word Origin for bear
Idioms and Phrases with bare
In addition to the idioms beginning with bear
- bear a grudge
- bear down
- beard the lion
- bear fruit
- bear in mind
- bear one's cross
- bear out
- bear the brunt
- bear up
- bear with
- bring to bear
- cross as a bear
- cross to bear
- grin and bear it
- loaded for bear