Alexander,1st Baron Ashburton,1774–1848, British statesman.
Evelyn, 1st Earl of Cromer,1841–1917, British statesman and diplomat.



adjective, bar·er, bar·est.

without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs.
without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls.
open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties.
unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts.
(of cloth) napless or threadbare.
scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life.
Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.

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

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

Origin of bare

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

Synonyms for bare

Synonym study

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.



verb Archaic.

simple past tense of bear1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for baring

uncover, expose, divulge, disclose, exhibit, show, publish, unveil, unroll

Examples from the Web for baring

Contemporary Examples of baring

Historical Examples of baring

  • "We shall do as we please," growled Number Ten, baring his fangs.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Get these fellows with you, and it's like Baring's name on the back of your bill.

  • She knew that her friend was baring to her a very secret chamber of his heart.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • Here He weeps and prays at the very moment when He is baring the arm of Omnipotence.

    Memories of Bethany

    John Ross Macduff

  • Come in and make Mr. Baring a cup of your good coffee—you will, Calliope?

British Dictionary definitions for baring



Evelyn, 1st Earl of Cromer. 1841–1917, English administrator. As consul general in Egypt with plenipotentiary powers, he controlled the Egyptian government from 1883 to 1907




unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothinga bare tree
lacking appropriate furnishings, etca bare room
unembellished; simplethe bare facts
(prenomial) just sufficient; merehe earned the bare minimum
with one's bare hands without a weapon or tool


(tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal
Derived Formsbareness, noun

Word Origin for bare

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




archaic a past tense of bear 1
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Word Origin and History for baring



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



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper