naked

adjective na·ked \ ˈnā-kəd , especially Southern ˈne-kəd \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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
3 a : scantily supplied or furnished
  • a drab, naked room
b : lacking embellishment : unadorned
  • hands naked of rings
  • naked walls
4 a : 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

nakedly

adverb

nakedness

noun

Examples of naked in a Sentence

  1. He was naked from the waist up.

  2. had recurrent nightmares about being naked in public

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Origin and Etymology of naked

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

naked Synonyms

Synonyms
au naturel, bare, bottomless, disrobed, mother-naked, nude, raw, starkers [chiefly British], stripped, unclad, unclothed, undressed, in the altogether (or the buff or the nude or one's birthday suit or the raw), stark naked
Antonyms
appareled (or apparelled), attired, clad, clothed, dressed, garbed, invested, robed, suited
Related Words
seminude, topless; denuded, peeled; unveiled
Near Antonyms
covered, veiled; arrayed, caparisoned, decked (out), rigged (out), tricked (out); vested; decent

Synonym Discussion of 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


NAKED Defined for English Language Learners

naked

adjective

Definition of naked for English Language Learners

  • : not wearing any clothes : not covered by clothing

  • : not having a usual covering

  • : not having any decorations


NAKED Defined for Kids

naked

adjective na·ked \ ˈnā-kəd \

Definition of naked for Students

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.

nakedly

adverb

nakedness

noun

Synonym Discussion of 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.

Medical Dictionary

naked

adjective na·ked \ ˈnā-kəd \

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

Law Dictionary

naked

adjective na·ked

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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