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adjective, bar·er, bar·est.
  1. without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs.
  2. without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls.
  3. open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties.
  4. unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts.
  5. (of cloth) napless or threadbare.
  6. scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life.
  7. Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.
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verb (used with object), bared, bar·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsbar·ish, adjectivebare·ness, noun

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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.

Antonyms for bare

1. covered.
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Related Words for bareness

undress, nudity, dishabille

Examples from the Web for bareness

Historical Examples of bareness

  • And he liked East Wellmouth, bareness and bleakness and lonesomeness and all.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • No doubt this is a partial explanation of the bareness of American politics.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • That was a sort of pity for the incompleteness of her mother's life; the bareness of it.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • The little white-curtained room was bareness and neatness itself.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • She found that the sitting-room lacked the bareness of dormitory rooms.


British Dictionary definitions for bareness

bare

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adjective
  1. unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
  2. without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothinga bare tree
  3. lacking appropriate furnishings, etca bare room
  4. unembellished; simplethe bare facts
  5. (prenomial) just sufficient; merehe earned the bare minimum
  6. with one's bare hands without a weapon or tool
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verb
  1. (tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal
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Derived Formsbareness, noun

Word Origin for bare

Old English bær; compare Old Norse berr, Old High German bar naked, Old Slavonic bosǔ barefoot

bare

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verb
  1. archaic a past tense of bear 1
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Word Origin and History for bareness

n.

early 15c., from bare (adj.) + -ness.

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bare

v.

Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.

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bare

adj.

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."

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