naked

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adjective na·ked \ˈnā-kəd, especially Southern ˈne-kəd\

Definition of naked

  1. 1 :  not covered by clothing :  nude

  2. 2 :  devoid of customary or natural covering :  bare: as a :  not enclosed in a scabbard b :  not provided with a shade c of a plant or one of its parts :  lacking pubescence or enveloping or subtending parts d :  lacking foliage or vegetation e of an animal or one of its parts :  lacking an external covering (as of hair, feathers, or shell)

  3. 3 a :  scantily supplied or furnished b :  lacking embellishment :  unadorned

  4. 4 :  unarmed, defenseless

  5. 5 :  lacking confirmation or support

  6. 6 :  devoid of concealment or disguise

  7. 7 :  unaided by any optical device or instrument <the naked eye>

  8. 8 :  not backed by the writer's ownership of the commodity contract or security

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>

Origin and Etymology of naked

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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

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adjective na·ked \ˈnā-kəd, especially Southern ˈne-kəd\

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

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adjective na·ked \ˈnā-kəd\

Definition of naked for Students

  1. 1 :  having no clothes on :  nude

  2. 2 :  lacking a usual or natural covering <naked trees>

  3. 3 :  not in its case or without a covering <a naked sword> <a naked light bulb>

  4. 4 :  stripped of anything misleading :  plain <the naked truth>

  5. 5 :  not aided by an artificial device <Bacteria cannot be seen by the naked eye.>

nakedly

adverb

nakedness

noun

Medical Dictionary

naked

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adjective na·ked \ˈnā-kəd\

Medical Definition of naked

  1. 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. 2:  unaided by any optical device or instrument <visible to the naked eye>


Law Dictionary

naked

adjective na·ked

Legal Definition of naked

  1. 1 :  characterized by the lack of an interest or of exclusive control, use, or possession

  2. 2 :  not backed by the option writer's ownership of the commodity, the contract for the commodity, or the security



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