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
Recent Examples on the Web Instead, his progress — at least to the naked eye — appears to have hit a speed bump amid a season in which little has gone right for the Spurs. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Time and experience key to Dejounte Murray’s growth," 7 Feb. 2020 The red dwarf star Proxima Centauri is our closest stellar neighbor; the star system is a measly 4.2 light years from Earth and can be seen with the naked eye. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Is There a Hidden 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Orbiting Our Closest Stellar Neighbor?," 16 Jan. 2020 The court document then states that Michael Egwuagu stripped naked and dumped his bloody clothes in a neighbor's garbage can. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Texas man's confession to killing pregnant sister is caught on doorbell camera, police say," 1 Jan. 2020 Surveillance video shows Saraswat pointing an Airsoft gun at the man and forcing him to strip naked. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Authorities: Clerk forces suspected shoplifter to strip," 26 Sep. 2019 Reese soon was seen running naked out of the same area, prosecutors said. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Burnsville man gets 27 years in kidnapping of woman in downtown Minneapolis," 2 July 2019 Upstairs in the stately old home in a wooded area of regional Victoria, octogenarian Edna (Nevin) sits in a trance-like state in an overflowing bathtub, before next being seen naked downstairs, as if drawn by voices. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Relic': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 These signals were believed to originate in the naked endings of neurons that extend into the skin. Quanta Magazine, "Glial Brain Cells, Long in Neurons’ Shadow, Reveal Hidden Powers," 27 Jan. 2020 Six of them are clad in full, black suits, the last one, however, displays their naked torso — setting them apart from the rest from the very start. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BTS Releases Powerful "Black Swan" Song and Art Film as First MOTS: 7 Single," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of naked was before the 12th century

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“Naked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nakednesses. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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naked

adjective
How to pronounce naked (audio)

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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