1. [ adverb ] by a small margin
Synonyms: just hardly scarcely scarce

"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"- W.B.Yeats

2. [ adverb ] n a sparse or scanty way
Synonyms: scantily

"a barely furnished room"

Related terms: bare bare
Similar spelling:   barrel