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

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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 That plan changed after contractors discovered active roof leaks that, while not evident to the naked eye, were problematic going forward with such a costly project. John Benson, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2021 They were found naked with their genitals mutilated, leading detectives to believe this was the work of a serial killer. NBC News, 10 June 2021 In September 2019, he was found naked after trying to rob a fast food restaurant. Gene Johnson, ajc, 28 May 2021 In September 2019, he was found naked after trying to rob a fast food restaurant. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 In September 2019, he was found naked after trying to rob a fast food restaurant. CBS News, 27 May 2021 In September 2019, he was found naked after trying to rob a fast food restaurant. Gene Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 27 May 2021 Although the woman was last seen wearing a yellow sweatshirt and gray pants, she was found naked, dirty and covered in leaves. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 Lam’s body was found naked but ruled her death as accidental because examiners found no evidence of physical trauma. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 10 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of naked was before the 12th century

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18 Sep 2021

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“Naked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naked. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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

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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.

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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