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

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

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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Since Martin Belcher, a 50-year-old customer services advisor based in the U.K., joined Twitter in 2012, he's tweeted out thousands of naked photos of himself hiking, gardening, reading, eating, and watering his lawn. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "How Twitter Became The Number One Social Network For Nudists," 13 July 2018 The girl had been using mobile apps like ICQ and Amino to communicate with O’Brien — and to send naked photos of herself to him, the FBI said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "FBI raid revealed 30 cellphones. Sex offender used them to ‘cover his tracks,’ FBI says," 4 June 2018 Wentz wore a soft brace on his left knee, but his movements were unrestrained to the naked eye. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz is back (sort of); the first depth chart; Jay Ajayi shines," 22 May 2018 Basically, both of Bella Hadid's outfits were just the right amount of naked for Cannes. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Switched Her Naked Red Dress for Skintight Silver Bike Shorts at Cannes," 13 May 2018 The ruckus set up when the pictures of the naked, preternaturally beautiful children were first exhibited has subsided, but the effect perdures. William Meyers, WSJ, "Seeing the South Through Sally Mann’s Lens," 5 Mar. 2018 There was a man in a dusty Captain America costume next to a naked woman with her chest and bum covered in a paint that didn’t quite cover anything at all. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Fourth of July, Let’s Remember the Symbolism of Freedom Behind Lady Liberty’s Green Robe," 4 July 2018 Then again, one of the big reasons that depictions of naked women are considered controversial is because of a patriarchal history that’s cultivated fear and revulsion toward the nude female form, so IDK! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "All the Ways I Feel About the New Yeezy Ads as a Feminist," 13 June 2018 The 2,505 naked women spent at least five minutes in the chilly waters of secluded Magheramore beach, County Wicklow, roughly 60 kilometers south of Dublin, to set the new Guinness World Record. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Thousands of women in Ireland smash record for world's largest skinny dip," 11 June 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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