na·ked | \ ˈnā-kəd , 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

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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This makes the otherwise invisible nerve agents glow so they can be seen by the naked eye. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 In other words, these events can be viewed safely with the naked eye. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018 For much of the afternoon, they ooh-ed and ahh-ed at what seemed, to my naked eye, like little more than extended stretches of incompetence. Dugan Arnett,, "What happened when a soccer skeptic sat through a World Cup match," 11 July 2018 Relying on sunlight to survive, cyanobacteria grow in all types of water and typically cannot be seen by the naked eye. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Toxic Algal Bloom Is Spreading in Florida’s Waterways," 10 July 2018 The difference between a facility financed by hundreds of Galitsky’s millions and those built on state or regional budgets can be seen with the naked eye. New York Times, "Russia’s Most Soccer-Mad City, Excluded From the World Cup," 9 July 2018 To behold this world, invisible to the naked human eye but dazzlingly amplified on the screen, is marvelously transporting: Who hasn’t dreamed of swimming in rainbow sherbet? Justin Chang,, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is a bright, cheery tonic from the Marvel superhero factory," 27 June 2018 The bright streaks of a meteor shower are visible with the naked eye, and so is the moon. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Summer is for meteor showers and stargazing. Here’s how to watch.," 22 June 2018 To distinguish the synthetics from natural diamonds, De Beers will market them under the Lightbox Jewelry brand and mark them with a logo too small to see with the naked eye but visible to jewelers with magnifying glasses. Mike Rogoway,, "Diamonds in Gresham: De Beers will build $94 million synthetic gem factory," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of naked

: not wearing any clothes : not covered by clothing

: not having a usual covering

: not having any decorations


na·ked | \ ˈnā-kəd \

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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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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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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