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

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

Examples of naked in a Sentence

He was naked from the waist up. had recurrent nightmares about being naked in public
Recent Examples on the Web When donning shorts, the pro-sock camp claims, naked ankles aren’t an issue—but to project sophistication while wearing full trousers, socks are a must. Todd Plummer, WSJ, "Should You Wear Socks With Loafers?," 6 May 2021 She was found naked except for a pair of white underwear, court records said. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Man found guilty of murder in 1984 killing of Navy recruit Pamela Cahanes," 6 May 2021 Participants have appeared naked or with a beer in hand, while an errant video filter turned a Texas attorney into a cat during a Zoom hearing. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Hot mic in courtroom captures insurance adjuster calling judge an idiot," 5 May 2021 They were forced to pose naked and photographed clinically, from several angles, reinforcing the idea of African people and their descendants as inferior; not-human. New York Times, "The Artist Upending Photography’s Brutal Racial Legacy," 5 May 2021 With a full season of naked tiki torch throwing under her belt, McSweeney passed some knowledge onto Eboni K. Williams, who is this season’s new addition and the first Black cast member in the RHONY franchise. Caitlin Brody, Glamour, "Leah McSweeney Drops Her Skin-Care Routine," 4 May 2021 The bitcoin rally is little more than a naked speculative bubble that’s been inflated to spectacular levels. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Bitcoin bulls go on the offensive against Berkshire Hathaway," 3 May 2021 Pentz says Auguste also posted a naked photo of him on Instagram to her 4,000 plus followers. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Diplo Accuses Ex of Revenge Porn and Stalking in Lawsuit," 3 May 2021 To really drive home this point, Laura is played by a conventionally leggy model type introduced to the audience naked. Sophie Vershbow, Vogue, "Did Bridget Jones Make Us Hate Our Bodies?," 30 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naked. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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

Choose the Right Synonym for naked

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.

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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