Definition of bare-bones in US English:



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

    ‘a bare-bones version of the story’
    • ‘Call them artificial purgatories, but Welch's bare-bones constructions are at least as moving as any of Wilson's elaborate mini-symphonies.’
    • ‘The School Department's budget is not even close to bare-bones.’
    • ‘With this bare-bones band, the event was more of a chamber concert than a rock show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But we were going for a bare-bones feel closer to our live sound.’
    • ‘A bare-bones compromise would delay the insurance battle until after 2004.’
    • ‘The bare-bones Blu-ray release gives me no reason to recommend an upgrade.’
    • ‘Most take a bare-bones approach and some of the sites actually suffer from a dearth of graphics.’
    • ‘The previous edition of the film was a non-anamorphic bare-bones disc.’
    • ‘When you think benefits, think bare-bones basics like a retirement plan, as well as health, dental, disability, and life insurance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, users get a bare-bones listing and must click to access more information.’
    • ‘He makes bare-bones music that constantly nods to musical periods long since passed, perhaps the earliest being the 1920s of Blind Lemon Jefferson.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People freshly off the welfare rolls sometimes overwhelm bare-bones human-resources departments.’
    • ‘Producing and broadcasting a half-hour event averages about $13,000 - and that's for a bare-bones project.’
    • ‘These bare-bones songs require just a whisper to transform themselves into full-blooded spirituals.’
    • ‘An even more bare-bones portfolio would consist of one index fund per asset class.’
    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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