Definition of bare-bones in English:



  • Reduced to or comprising only the basic or essential elements of something.

    ‘a bare-bones version of the story’
    • ‘He makes bare-bones music that constantly nods to musical periods long since passed, perhaps the earliest being the 1920s of Blind Lemon Jefferson.’
    • ‘There are no bonus features or alternate language tracks to clutter up this bare-bones disc.’
    • ‘A $299 bare-bones unit leaves out many peripherals, including the remote, a wireless controller, and a hard drive.’
    • ‘With this bare-bones band, the event was more of a chamber concert than a rock show.’
    • ‘Call them artificial purgatories, but Welch's bare-bones constructions are at least as moving as any of Wilson's elaborate mini-symphonies.’
    • ‘People freshly off the welfare rolls sometimes overwhelm bare-bones human-resources departments.’
    • ‘These bare-bones songs require just a whisper to transform themselves into full-blooded spirituals.’
    • ‘If your company sells on the Web or even has a bare-bones Web presence, you should consider trademarking your corporate names and symbols in other countries.’
    • ‘But we were going for a bare-bones feel closer to our live sound.’
    • ‘Instead, users get a bare-bones listing and must click to access more information.’
    • ‘Rawlings and Welch's bare-bones accompaniment proves a handsome fit, crafting an album that thoughtfully contemplates such time-tested subjects as love, war and the desire for escape.’
    • ‘Most take a bare-bones approach and some of the sites actually suffer from a dearth of graphics.’
    • ‘An even more bare-bones portfolio would consist of one index fund per asset class.’
    • ‘A bare-bones compromise would delay the insurance battle until after 2004.’
    • ‘The previous edition of the film was a non-anamorphic bare-bones disc.’
    • ‘Producing and broadcasting a half-hour event averages about $13,000 - and that's for a bare-bones project.’
    • ‘The bare-bones Blu-ray release gives me no reason to recommend an upgrade.’
    • ‘When you think benefits, think bare-bones basics like a retirement plan, as well as health, dental, disability, and life insurance.’
    • ‘The School Department's budget is not even close to bare-bones.’
    shortened, cut, cut short, cut down, concise, condensed, contracted, compressed, abbreviated, reduced, decreased, diminished, shrunk, curtailed, truncated, lessened, trimmed, cropped, clipped, pruned, pared down, stripped down, skeleton
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