Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BARELY, adj. In sense of bare. Obs. se.Per. c.1800  Lady Nairne Songs (1869) 135:
They trusted you, dear Charlie, They kent you hiding in the glen, Your cleadin' was but barely.

[An unusual use of an adv. Phs. elliptical or influenced by adjs. like manly, bairnly, etc. Cf. poorly.]

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