Posted by TheFallen on October 11, 2004
In Reply to: Re: 18 posted by R. Berg on October 11, 2004
: : : : : Fiona may be 18 but she barely looks it.
: : : : : Shouldn't that be she barely looks like one?
: : : : : Does the "she barely looks it* make sense
: : : : : thanks
: : : : Yes.
: : : Do we get a photo of this bare 18 year old Fiona or am I on the worng shelf of the internet?
: : : You could make the meaning clearer by saying "Fiona bare, hardly looks 18"...
: : Harrumph. This is not the Phrase Finders I know. On the other hand, we quote e.e. cummings: "A pretty girl who naked is, is worth a million statues."
: To answer the original question: the quoted sentence means that Fiona looks very young, perhaps younger than 18.
As Ms. Berg says, "barely" here means "scarcely" or "only just".