naked

adjective
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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My naked-in-the-bath shots and crying Santa photos are safely stuck on the sticky pages of fat photo albums in my mom’s den on Long Island. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The One Question Parents Should Ask Themselves Before Posting Their Kids on Social Media," 14 Jan. 2019 Thankfully, there was no social media then, so my parents never saw me on the runway half-naked. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Before Stardom, Gisele Bündchen Thought of Herself as ‘Strange Looking’," 3 Jan. 2019 Kardashian-Jenner sisters have been sporting some nearly-naked dresses as of late. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Latest Naked Dress Barely Covers Anything," 18 Dec. 2018 Busted for code violation #alizecornet took 10 sec to turn top right way but #novacdjokovic can sit for minutes half-naked. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Watch: Serena Williams calls out sexism in tennis after US Open loss," 9 Sep. 2018 The suspect in the 1974 murder of a 19-year-old woman found half-naked in the back of a California church killed himself as authorities arrived at his home to execute a search warrant, PEOPLE confirms. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Suspect in 1974 Ice Pick Slaying of Half-Naked Teen Kills Himself as Authorities Close In," 29 June 2018 Coleman and Galmore allegedly killed Reina Rodriguez, 19, of Lawrence, who was found dead in June 2017 at the Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree, half-naked and bound by telephone cords. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Two men extradited to Mass. for Braintree murder plead not guilty; ordered held without bail," 25 June 2018 Their heads were shaved, they were stripped half-naked, smeared with tar, paraded through towns and taunted, stoned, kicked, beaten, spat upon and sometimes even killed. Ann Mah, Time, "This Picture Tells a Tragic Story of What Happened to Women After D-Day," 6 June 2018 Nunes won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round to become the first openly gay champion in UFC. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "UFC champion Amanda Nunes of American Top Team Talks UFC 224, Brazil, Ronda Rousey | Miami Herald," 10 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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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 \

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 \

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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