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bare

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[ bair ]
/ bɛər /
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adjective, bar·er, bar·est.

verb (used with object), bared, bar·ing.

to open to view; reveal or divulge: to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.

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Origin of bare

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before 900; Middle English; Old English bær; cognate with Old Frisian ber,Dutch baar,Old Saxon, Old High German, German bar,Old Norse berr,Lithuanian bãsas barefoot, Russian bos; akin to Armenian bok naked
2. Bare, stark, barren share the sense of lack or absence of something that might be expected. Bare, the least powerful in connotation of the three, means lack of expected or usual coverings, furnishings, or embellishments: bare floor, feet, head. Stark implies extreme severity or desolation and resultant bleakness or dreariness: a stark landscape; a stark, emotionless countenance. Barren carries a strong sense of sterility and oppressive dullness: barren fields; a barren relationship. 6. See mere1.
barish, adjectivebareness, noun

Definition for bare (2 of 2)

bare2
[ bair ]
/ bɛər /

verb Archaic.

simple past tense of bear1.
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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.

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

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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.

British Dictionary definitions for bare (1 of 2)

bare1
/ (bɛə) /

adjective

verb

(tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal
bareness, noun
Old English bær; compare Old Norse berr, Old High German bar naked, Old Slavonic bosǔ barefoot

British Dictionary definitions for bare (2 of 2)

bare2
/ (bɛə) /

verb

archaic a past tense of bear 1
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