naked

adjective
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

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.

Examples of naked in a Sentence

He was naked from the waist up. had recurrent nightmares about being naked in public

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Authorities said Bernard emerged naked and unarmed from the woods about four hours later, running past cameras to a church parking lot, where he was recorded trying to choke a church caretaker. Skip Foreman, BostonGlobe.com, "Virginia man charged with murdering the family of a Rays prospect," 28 Aug. 2019 Authorities said Bernard emerged naked and unarmed from the woods about four hours later, running past cameras to a church parking lot, where he was recorded trying to choke a church caretaker. chicagotribune.com, "The wife, toddler son and mother-in-law of minor league baseball player Blake Bivens is slain in Virginia; brother-in-law, 18, charged.," 28 Aug. 2019 The woman saw another chance to escape and ran out of the bathroom naked and screaming. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Man who met woman on light rail raped her at knifepoint by railroad tracks in St. Paul, charges say," 20 Aug. 2019 Both spray-painted in black and white, one image depicts a naked and emaciated mother clutching a newborn; another shows a starving boy, his hair on end, listlessly picking at his hands. C.a.r., The Economist, "The street artist capturing the impact of the war in Yemen," 19 Aug. 2019 The woman, who was not immediately identified, was found naked around 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of McNeil and Chapman, which is inside a neighborhood close to Hardy and Quitman. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Naked woman bites officer during arrest in Houston’s Near Northside, police say," 14 Aug. 2019 Any trauma at seeing our dean half-naked and hairy, however, was quickly overshadowed by another emotion: intense jealousy. Melissa Isaacson, SI.com, "How the 1979 Niles West Girls Basketball Team Navigated the Early Years of Title IX," 5 Aug. 2019 And the two shared a major career moment in 2015: Pig Pig covered Paper magazine with Miley, both singer and pig naked and coated in mud. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Posts Instagram Tribute to Pet Pig, Her Beloved, Late Pig," 11 July 2019 Cincinnati Police need help identifying a man found naked and unresponsive near Jack Casino. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Police trying to identify man found unresponsive outside casino," 4 July 2019

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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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naked

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of naked

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

naked

adjective
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

naked

adjective
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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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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