1. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked; as, his body is bare; the trees are bare.

2. With head uncovered; bareheaded. "When once thy foot enters the church, be bare." (Herbert)

3. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed. "Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear !" (Milton)

4. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager. "Uttering bare truth."

5. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; used with of (rarely with in) before the thing wanting or taken away; as, a room bare of furniture. "A bare treasury."

6. Threadbare; much worn. "It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words." (Shak)

7. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else; as, a bare majority. "The bare necessaries of life." "Nor are men prevailed upon by bare of naked truth." (South) Under bare poles, having no sail set.

Origin: OE. Bar, bare, AS. Baer; akin to D. & G. Baar, OHG. Par, Icel. Berr, Sw. & Dan. Bar, OSlav. Bos barefoot, Lith. Basas; cf. Skr. Bhas to shine.

(01 Mar 1998)