Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bær; akin to Old High German bar naked, Lithuanian basas barefoot
Date: before 12th century
a. lacking a natural, usual, or appropriate covering
(1) lacking clothing <bare feet> (2) obsolete bareheaded c. lacking any tool or weapon <opened the box with his bare hands> 2. open to view ; exposed <laying bare their secrets> 3. a. unfurnished or scantily supplied <a bare room> b. destitute <bare of all safeguards> 4. a. having nothing left over or added <the bare necessities of life> b. mere <a bare two hours away> c. devoid of amplification or adornment <the bare facts> 5. obsolete worthless • bareness noun Synonyms: bare, naked, nude, bald, barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable <an apartment with bare walls>. naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness <poor half-naked children>. nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure <a nude model posing for art students>. bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness <a bald mountain peak>. barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility <barren plains>. II. transitive verb (bared; baring) Date: before 12th century to make or lay bare ; uncover III. archaic past of bear
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.