Need another word that means the same as “barely”? Find 11 synonyms and 30 related words for “barely” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Barely” are: hardly, scarce, scarcely, just, only just, narrowly, by the skin of one's teeth, by a hair's breadth, by a very small margin, by the narrowest of margins, by a nose
Barely as an Adverb
Definitions of "Barely" as an adverb
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “barely” as an adverb can have the following definitions:
- Only a very short time before.
- In a simple and sparse way.
- Almost not.
- Openly; explicitly.
- By a little.
- In a sparse or scanty way.
- Only just; almost not.
Synonyms of "Barely" as an adverb (11 Words)
|by a hair's breadth||So as to pass a given point.|
|by a nose||So as to pass a given point.|
|by a very small margin||So as to pass a given point.|
|by the narrowest of margins||So as to pass a given point.|
|by the skin of one's teeth||In reserve; not for immediate use.|
|hardly||Only with great difficulty.|
She could hardly sit up.
|just||Very recently; in the immediate past.|
The batter just missed being hit.
|narrowly||Closely or carefully.|
Narrowly defined tasks.
|only just||And nothing more.|
A babe scarce two years old.
Her voice is so low I can scarcely hear what she is saying.
Usage Examples of "Barely" as an adverb
- We were so far back in the theater, we could barely read the subtitles.
- It was barely 5 a.m.
- She nodded, barely able to speak.
- She barely seemed to notice him.
- Their barely furnished house.
- The network has barely 5 percent of viewers.
- A barely perceptible pause.
- They had barely sat down before forty policemen swarmed in.
Associations of "Barely" (30 Words)
|anymore||At the present or from now on; usually used with a negative.|
Alice doesn t live here anymore.
|coincidentally||At the same time.|
The three are coincidentally reunited when captured by the enemy.
|deficient||Insufficient or inadequate.|
A deficient education.
|frequently||Many times at short intervals.|
They go abroad frequently.
|happenstance||An event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental.|
It was just happenstance that I happened to be there.
The little house in which he lived was hardly bigger than a hut.
|infrequently||Not often; rarely.|
He cooks but only infrequently.
|insufficient||Not enough; inadequate.|
|just||Of an opinion or appraisal well founded justifiable.|
They were just interested in making money.
|meagerly||To a meager degree or in a meager manner.|
These voices are meagerly represented at the conference.
|occasional||Employed for a particular occasion or on an irregular basis.|
An occasional worker.
|occasionally||At infrequent or irregular intervals; now and then.|
Open areas are only occasionally interrupted by clumps of trees.
|often||In many instances.|
We often met over a cup of coffee.
|rare||Unusually good or remarkable.|
It s rare to see a house so little altered.
|rarely||To an unusual degree; exceptionally.|
You can write rarely now after all your schooling.
|rarity||A rare thing, especially one having particular value.|
The rarity of the condition.
|scant||Provide grudgingly or in insufficient amounts.|
Companies with scant regard for the safety of future generations.
|scanty||Small or insufficient in quantity or amount.|
The women looked cold in their scanty bodices.
Would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave.
|scarcely||Used to suggest that something is unlikely to be or certainly not the case.|
They scarcely ever used the emergency generator.
|seldom||Not often; rarely.|
Islay is seldom visited by tourists.
|sometimes||On certain occasions or in certain cases but not always.|
Sometimes I want to do things on my own.
Information on earnings is sparse.
|sparsely||In a thinly dispersed manner; in small numbers.|
A sparsely furnished apartment.
|sporadically||Occasionally or at irregular intervals.|
He worked sporadically at part time jobs.
|tightly||Securely fixed or fastened.|
A tightly sealed container.
|typically||In a way that is characteristic of a particular person or thing.|
Typically she showed no alarm.
He is an uncommonly good talker.
|unusual||Not habitually or commonly occurring or done.|
A scene of unusual beauty.