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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As a result, the Big Little Lies star went on to insist that her own naked picture was run as the main magazine cover in honor of Bonet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Zoe Kravitz Posed Naked in 'Rolling Stone' to Honor Her Mom's Iconic Cover," 29 Oct. 2018 An Ohio man suspected of abandoning his 1-year-old son naked for hours in the central Oregon woods is also accused of taking the boy from his legal guardian in West Virginia, authorities say. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Dad accused of abandoning baby in Oregon woods suspected of taking child from grandma," 16 May 2018 In this Valentine, please note the tall and leggy and naked cartoon versions of Julia and Paul. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Let These Julia Child Valentines Be a Small Joy In Your Crazy Week," 26 Apr. 2018 Police say a man took to the streets naked after causing a five-car pileup on Wayne and Warren roads in Westland on Tuesday night, according to a local report. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Man strips naked, dances in Westland street after 5-car pileup," 18 Apr. 2018 At one point, the girls are shown naked with hurtful words written on their skin, meant to represent things they’ve been called in the past — but no longer take to heart. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Little Mix Releases Music Videos For "Strip" and "More Than Words"," 17 Nov. 2018 While the United States has rarely lived up to its greatest philosopher’s vision, aspiring to do so puts a check on the naked competition for power. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 2018 campaign revealed the true fissure in American democracy," 6 Nov. 2018 The outlet also reports that Linnetz is the person behind Kanye West's Yeezy 6 campaign which featured naked images of models. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Carmen Electra poses nude for shoot with photographer Eli Russell Linnetz," 19 Sep. 2018 Her sister, Bella, and close friend Kendall Jenner, tend to frequent that fine line between best dressed and so-sheer-I'm-naked for the red carpet. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Is a Walking Disco Ball in This Sheer Crystal Jumpsuit," 13 Sep. 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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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


na·​ked | \ˈnā-kəd \

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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