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

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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The vibrating occurs on a microscopic level invisible to the naked eye. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Wait, Did Mariah Carey Really Remove a Bottle Cap With Just Her Voice?," 11 July 2019 All while grappling with his own feelings of vulnerability in shooting an intense scene completely naked _ the likes of which are usually experienced by women in horror films. Mark Olsen, chicagotribune.com, "Disturbed and confused by ‘Midsommar’? Let the filmmakers explain," 5 July 2019 During an eclipse, only the sun’s corona is visible to the naked eye. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Total solar eclipse 2019: How to see today’s South American eclipse; times; NASA livestream," 2 July 2019 In medical settings, pharmacists with sensitive equipment weigh dosages almost too small to see with the naked eye and then parse them out among measured saline solutions. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Fentanyl rising as killer in San Francisco — 57 dead in a year," 23 June 2019 He was located standing in the intersection of Camden and Bascom completely naked. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of June 21," 14 June 2019 Most insect migrations are invisible to the naked eye. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Half a billion hoverflies migrate to the United Kingdom each year. The benefits to farmers are huge," 13 June 2019 Timed to the shutter speed of a cellphone camera, these communiques move too quickly for the naked eye to see. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "This free, D.C.-wide festival includes an interactive selfie installation and a traveling art barge," 13 June 2019 That forms a deep pocket of melanin that looks bluish to the naked eye thanks to something called the Tyndall effect, a term used in physics to describe the way certain types of matter (like fog or dust) scatter light. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know If Your Weird Mole Turns Out to Be a Blue Nevus," 15 Apr. 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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