naked

adjective

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

Example Sentences

He was naked from the waist up. had recurrent nightmares about being naked in public
Recent Examples on the Web Clients would often be nearly naked, wearing only a bathrobe, upon her arrival. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 2 Nov. 2022 For some, common sense suggests that being purposefully naked in front of strangers with recording devices means giving up privacy. Andrew Gilden, WIRED, 6 Oct. 2022 What’s happening here is almost as naked and heartless a political ploy as Governor Ron DeSantis trying to strand planeloads of Venezuelan asylum-seekers on Martha’s Vineyard. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2022 This was easier than saying that the thought of being naked with someone repulsed me or that intimate touching frightened me. Iris Selena Sanchez, refinery29.com, 26 Sep. 2022 An appeals court ruling could mean the end of a federal lawsuit filed by the parents of a Black teenager who was naked and unarmed when he was shot and killed by suburban Oklahoma City police in 2019. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2022 Well, a lot of people have been pretty naked at the VMAs. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2022 And, of course, Jensen, Day 1, was completely naked as well. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 8 July 2022 Although officers and an intoxicated witness later claimed Moore had been armed with a .22-caliber rifle, Jaime Alvarado said Moore was naked and unarmed, with his hands up and shaking from fright, when he was shot and killed by a Vallejo officer. Laurence Du Sault, ProPublica, 7 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Naked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naked. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

naked

adjective
na·​ked ˈnā-kəd How to pronounce naked (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈnek-əd
1
: having no clothes on
2
a
: lacking a usual or natural covering (as of leaves, plants, or feathers)
naked hills
b
: not enclosed in a case or covering
a naked sword
c
: lacking protective covering parts (as membranes, scales, or shells)
a naked seed
3
: plain entry 2 sense 2, unadorned
the naked truth
4
: not aided by artificial means
seen by the naked eye
nakedly adverb
nakedness noun

Medical Definition

naked

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

Legal Definition

naked

adjective
na·​ked
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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