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Bearly vs. Barely: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 26, 2023
Bearly is an incorrect spelling. The correct spelling is Barely, meaning only just; scarcely.

Which is correct: Bearly or Barely

How to spell Barely?

Bearly is Incorrect

Barely is Correct

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Key Differences

Remember "Bear" is an animal, while "Bare" relates to minimalism or scarcity.
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Sep 12, 2023
Think of "Bare" as in "bare minimum," highlighting scarcity.
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Sep 12, 2023
Recite "Bare-ly has no bear in it."
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Sep 12, 2023
Associate "bare" with something exposed or minimal, as in "bare feet."
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Sep 12, 2023
"Bearly" looks like it's about bears; "Barely" looks like it's about minimal amounts.
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Sep 12, 2023
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Bearly and Barely Definitions

Bearly

Bearly is an incorrect spelling of Barely.
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Sep 10, 2023

Barely

Just possibly; with no surplus.
There was barely enough food for everyone.
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Sep 10, 2023

Barely

Only just; by a small margin.
She barely passed the test.
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Sep 10, 2023

Barely

Scarcely; hardly; with difficulty.
I could barely see through the fog.
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Sep 10, 2023

Barely

In a simple and sparse way.
The room was barely furnished.
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Sep 10, 2023

Barely

Without concealment; openly.
The secret was barely hidden.
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Sep 10, 2023

Barely

By a very little; hardly
Could barely see the road in the fog.
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Sep 08, 2023

Barely

In a scanty manner; sparsely
A barely furnished room.
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Barely

(degree) By a small margin.
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Barely

(degree) Almost not at all.
The plane is so far away now I can barely see it.
Yes, it is barely visible.
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Sep 08, 2023

Barely

(archaic) merely.
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Barely

Without covering; nakedly.
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Sep 08, 2023

Barely

Without concealment or disguise.
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Sep 08, 2023

Barely

Merely; only.
R. For now his son is duke.W. Barely in title, not in revenue.
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Barely

But just; without any excess; with nothing to spare (of quantity, time, etc.); hence, scarcely; hardly; as, there was barely enough for all; he barely escaped.
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Sep 08, 2023

Barely

By a small margin;
They could barely hear the speaker
We hardly knew them
Just missed being hit
Had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open
Would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave
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Barely

In a sparse or scanty way;
A barely furnished room
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FAQs

Why is it called Barely?

It derives from the word "bare," indicating a minimal or scant amount.
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Sep 12, 2023

What is the verb form of Barely?

Barely is an adverb and doesn't have a verb form.
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Sep 12, 2023

What is the root word of Barely?

The root word is "bare."
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What is the pronunciation of Barely?

It is pronounced as /ˈbɛərli/.
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Sep 12, 2023

What is the singular form of Barely?

Barely doesn't have a plural or singular; it's an adverb.
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Sep 12, 2023

What is the plural form of Barely?

Barely doesn't have a plural form.
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Sep 12, 2023

Which conjunction is used with Barely?

Any conjunction can be used depending on context: and, or, but, etc.
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Sep 12, 2023

Is Barely a negative or positive word?

Neutral, but can have negative connotations depending on the context.
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Sep 12, 2023

Which vowel is used before Barely?

Context-dependent, but commonly "a" as in "a barely visible mark."
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Sep 12, 2023

Which article is used with Barely?

"The" can be used, but "barely" often stands alone or with "a" depending on the sentence.
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Sep 12, 2023

Is Barely a collective noun?

No.
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Sep 12, 2023

Which preposition is used with Barely?

Various, like "by" in "by barely a margin."
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Sep 12, 2023

Is Barely an abstract noun?

No.
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Sep 12, 2023

Is the word Barely is imperative?

No.
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Sep 12, 2023

How many syllables are in Barely?

Two syllables.
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Sep 12, 2023

How do we divide Barely into syllables?

Bare-ly.
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Sep 12, 2023

What is another term for Barely?

Scarcely.
Harlon Moss
Sep 12, 2023

Is Barely a countable noun?

No, it's an adverb.
Janet White
Sep 12, 2023

What is a stressed syllable in Barely?

The first syllable "Bare" is stressed.
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Sep 12, 2023

Is Barely an adverb?

Yes.
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Sep 12, 2023

Is Barely a vowel or consonant?

"Barely" is a word consisting of both vowels and consonants.
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Sep 12, 2023

Is the Barely term a metaphor?

No.
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Sep 12, 2023

What is the opposite of Barely?

Abundantly.
Harlon Moss
Sep 12, 2023

Which determiner is used with Barely?

Depending on context, but "this" can be used, e.g., "this barely noticeable change."
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Sep 12, 2023

What is the third form of Barely?

Barely doesn't have verb forms.
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Sep 12, 2023

Is Barely a noun or adjective?

Neither, it's an adverb.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 12, 2023

What part of speech is Barely?

It's an adverb.
Sara Rehman
Sep 12, 2023

What is the first form of Barely?

Barely doesn't have verb forms.
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Sep 12, 2023

What is the second form of Barely?

Barely doesn't have verb forms.
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Sep 12, 2023

How is Barely used in a sentence?

"He barely had time to grab his coat before the rain started."
Harlon Moss
Sep 12, 2023
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