- 1(Of a person or part of the body) not clothed or covered: he was bare from the waist up she padded in bare feet towards the doorMore example sentences
naked, unclothed, undressed, uncovered, stripped, with nothing on, in a state of nature, disrobed, unclad, undraped, exposed; nude, in the nude, stark naked; French au naturel• informal without a stitch on, in one's birthday suit, in the raw, in the altogether, in the buff, as naked as the day one was born, in the nuddy, mother nakedBritish • informal starkersNorth American • informal bare-assed, buck nakedAustralian • informal bollockyBritish • vulgar slang bollock-naked
- They shared a white sheet covering their bare body from the waist down.
- ‘I need a cup of coffee, and badly,’ he decided as he got out of bed and threw a robe on, covering his bare body.
- Fabyein's broad back was turned to her; his sun-darkened body was bare beneath the covers.
- 1.1Without the appropriate, usual, or natural covering: leaf fall had left the trees bare bare floorboardsMore example sentences
- How the trees looked so naked and bare with no coverings.
- I love to watch plants grow, covering fences and bare earth.
- Roofs seemed to jig unevenly as shingles drooped off of the edges, while many had bare spots with no covering at all.
- 1.2Without the appropriate or usual contents: a bare cell with just a mattressMore example sentences
- She opened the light green fridge, an odd colour but it was just regular by Val's standards, and rummaged through the bare contents.
- He was in a plain, bare cell with bars and the whole bit.
- Children told me of having their rooms stripped bare and the contents thrown into the corridor.
- 2Without addition; basic and simple: he outlined the bare essentials of the storyMore example sentences
straightforward, plain, simple, basic, pure, essential, bare-bones, fundamental, stripped down, cut down, stark, bald, cold, hard; truthful, realistic, true to life; brutal, harsh; explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, unexaggerated, unadorned, unembellished, undisguised, unveiled, unvarnished, unqualified• informal warts and all
- For all that, the staging will be simple, a bare set putting the focus on the performers' physical presence.
- In general he eschewed complicated effects of pulsating or flashing lights, preferring a bare and simple presentation that brought him within the orbit of Minimal art.
- Nicole told Tommy that she liked the simple, bare hotel room.
- 2.1 [attributive] Only just sufficient: the bare minimum of furnitureMore example sentences
- It is laid out in an area the size of a football field and represented with the bare minimum of stage furniture.
- Keep your contemporary furniture choices to a bare minimum.
- Households have the bare minimum of furniture, with mattresses spread on the floor at night for beds.
- 2.2 [attributive] Surprisingly small in number or amount: all you need to get started with this program is a bare 10K bytes of memoryMore example sentences
- I put the bare amount of makeup on with trembling hands… wondering if now would be a good time to take up alcoholism with a vengeance.
- The bare amount of light it cast illuminated the western sky in a gorgeous rainbow of pinks, yellows, and oranges.
- He only drank the bare amount of blood he needed to stay alive from Elvadriewyn.
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- Uncover (a part of the body or other thing) and expose it to view: he bared his chest to show his scarMore example sentences
- One of the prisoners bared his back after his initial arrest to reveal open welts allegedly caused by baton and rubber hoses.
- With Britney baring her belly every chance she gets, tummies are getting more attention than ever.
- The Comte rushed to help her, and as she seemed to be stifling, cut her bodice open with his dagger, baring her shoulder.
- Take off all of one’s clothes and display oneself to others: she bared all for Playboy in 2005More example sentences
- It is telling how little encouragement folk needed to bare all for public display.
- Credit to the dancer who bares all in a display that is more fitting of the mainstream Hollywood film genre.
- Vanessa Olivarez - First to be voted out of the finalist round, we all know Vanessa quickly shed her clothes to bare all for PETA.
the bare bones
- The basic facts about something, without any detail: the bare bones of the plotMore example sentences
- In these circumstances a biographer might be wise to say as little as possible beyond the bare bones of recorded fact.
- It describes the bare bones of the plot, if you can call it that.
- He knows audiences expect it, crave it, and gives them the bare bones, in a sometimes naturalistic, sometimes stylised mixture of English, French, Chinese and Japanese.
- The very lowest level of resources necessary: his squad is already down to the bare bones and has now been hit by a flu bugMore example sentences
- Makeup tips, loads of photographs of cheap fashion ideas, a woman's magazine reduced to the bare bones.
- He is the sententious writer of resolutions butchering her beautifies of song to expose the bare bones of an idea.
- Harold has whittled the text down to the bare bones.
bare one's fangs
- (Of an animal) bare its teeth aggressively: the snake reared up before her, baring its fangsMore example sentences
- The creature opened his mouth, bared its fangs.
- The tiger snarls menacingly, baring its fangs, its breath heavy in the wintry air.
- She hissed at me baring her fangs in a sign of a threat.
bare one's soul
- Reveal one’s innermost secrets and feelings to someone: one feels vulnerable in baring one’s soul to anotherMore example sentences
- On that day I bare my soul, make myself vulnerable to friends and family by expressing my feelings.
- Suddenly the safety of the anonymity is vanished and the person is left feeling somewhat vulnerable and exposed, as if they bared their soul to the world.
- Perhaps you think baring your soul so poetically will make you irresistible, but to me it sounds condescending and self-deceptive.
bare one's teeth
- Show one’s teeth, typically when angry: he bared his teeth in a grimaceMore example sentences
- She bared her teeth - not angry, simply contemplative, eyes shining with all the life that Yami's had lacked.
- Dace asked, baring his teeth in a fierce, angry grin.
- He saw them watching him and bared his teeth in the manner of an angry dog.
with one's bare hands
- Without using tools or weapons: he was capable of killing a man with his bare handsMore example sentences
- I attacked with my bare hands, rejecting the tools of shellfish eating in favour of the messy approach.
- The pages never got to practice with someone, as they were all new to blocking weapons with their bare hands and spent the entire hour trying to get it right.
- Most of us lack any formal training in self-defense with an edged weapon or even with our bare hands, for that matter.
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- I visited your country twice already and found the bareness of the landscape very inviting to big thoughts.
- Detached from society, they don't seem to exist beyond the bareness of the stage.
- Giant sycamores line the road to Purple Hill, almost sentry-like in their winter bareness.
Old English bær (noun), barian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch baar.