na·​ked | \ ˈnā-kəd How to pronounce naked (audio) , especially Southern ˈne-kəd \

Definition of naked

1 : not covered by clothing : nude
2 : devoid of customary or natural covering : bare: such as
a : not enclosed in a scabbard a naked sword
b : not provided with a shade a naked light
c of a plant or one of its parts : lacking pubescence or enveloping or subtending parts smooth, naked stems
d : lacking foliage or vegetation a naked hillside
e of an animal or one of its parts : lacking an external covering (as of hair, feathers, or shell) naked amoebas
3a : scantily supplied or furnished a drab, naked room
b : lacking embellishment : unadorned hands naked of rings naked walls
4a : unarmed, defenseless unwilling to hurt a naked man
b American football : marked by a lack of protection or coverage by blockers a naked bootleg by the quarterback
5 : lacking confirmation or support naked contracts
6 : devoid of concealment or disguise the naked truth naked aggression
7 : unaided by any optical device or instrument the naked eye
8 : not backed by the writer's ownership of the commodity contract or security selling naked options

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Other Words from naked

nakedly adverb
nakedness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for naked

bare, naked, nude, bald, barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable. an apartment with bare walls naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness. poor half-naked children nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure. a nude model posing for art students bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness. a bald mountain peak barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility. barren plains

Examples of naked in a Sentence

He was naked from the waist up. had recurrent nightmares about being naked in public
Recent Examples on the Web Police had received a report of a naked man running amok; as any veteran cop knows, that kind of situation often suggests a person on PCP, an especially dangerous drug that tends to make its users strip and behave irrationally. Mike Brake, National Review, "The Coming Police Crisis," 8 Sep. 2020 The chief's departure comes after nights of protests over the death of Prude, a naked 41-year-old Black man who was having a mental health emergency on March 23. Sheena Jones, CNN, "Rochester police chief to retire amid Daniel Prude death protests," 8 Sep. 2020 Police handcuffed and placed a spit hood on the head of a naked man also in distress. USA TODAY, "Spit hoods scrutinized after death of Daniel Prude. Why are they used by police?," 6 Sep. 2020 Police handcuffed and placed a spit hood on the head of a naked man also in distress. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How police departments from New York to Park City use spit hoods after Black man’s death," 4 Sep. 2020 Police handcuffed and placed a spit hood on the head of a naked man also in distress. Michael R. Sisak And Michael Balsamo, Star Tribune, "Police use of spit hoods scrutinized after Black man's death," 4 Sep. 2020 That same week, school officials in Berkeley, California, were forced to suspend online learning after a naked man hacked into a Zoom class, exposed himself to students, and screamed obscenities. Amber Randall,, "‘Zoom bombers’ invade virtual classrooms with racist, vulgar comments, exposing vulnerability of online learning," 2 Sep. 2020 In Leon County, a storm set off sprinklers and a fire alarm at a voting site, while a naked mask-wearing man visited another polling site to greet voters. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: DeJoy Under Fire, Election Administrators, Pandemic Voting and More," 21 Aug. 2020 Three 15-year-old girls reported that around 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 16, they were approached by a naked man near the dunes south of the swim beach at 700 Michigan Ave. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Blotter: Naked man at Gillson Beach, counterfeit bills passed at Jewel," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of naked

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for naked

Middle English, from Old English nacod; akin to Old High German nackot naked, Latin nudus, Greek gymnos

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17 Sep 2020

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“Naked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce naked (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of naked

: not wearing any clothes : not covered by clothing
: not having a usual covering
: not having any decorations


na·​ked | \ ˈnā-kəd How to pronounce naked (audio) \

Kids Definition of naked

1 : having no clothes on : nude
2 : lacking a usual or natural covering naked trees
3 : not in its case or without a covering a naked sword a naked light bulb
4 : stripped of anything misleading : plain the naked truth
5 : not aided by an artificial device Bacteria cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Other Words from naked

nakedly adverb
nakedness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for naked

naked and bare mean being without a natural or usual covering. naked is used when there is neither protective nor ornamental covering. She was holding a naked baby. bare is used when there is no unnecessary covering or when all covering has been removed. Let's hang some pictures on the bare walls.


na·​ked | \ ˈnā-kəd How to pronounce naked (audio) \

Medical Definition of naked

1 : lacking some natural external covering (as of hair or myelin) used of the animal body or one of its parts naked nerve endings viroids are naked: the RNA strand is not encapsulated in a protein coat— Roger Lewin
2 : unaided by any optical device or instrument visible to the naked eye

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Legal Definition of naked

1 : characterized by the lack of an interest or of exclusive control, use, or possession
2 : not backed by the option writer's ownership of the commodity, the contract for the commodity, or the security

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