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[nood, nyood] /nud, nyud/
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adjective, nuder, nudest.
naked or unclothed, as a person or the body.
without the usual coverings, furnishings, etc.; bare:
a nude stretch of land laid waste by brush fires.
(of a photograph, painting, statue, etc.) being or prominently displaying a representation of the nude human figure.
Law. made without a consideration or other legal essential:
a nude contract.
having the color nude.
a sculpture, painting, etc., of a nude human figure.
an unclothed human figure.
the condition of being unclothed:
to sleep in the nude.
(no longer in common use; now considered offensive) a light grayish-yellow brown to brownish-pink color.
a color that falls within the spectrum of human skin colors.
Origin of nude
1525-35; < Latin nūdus; see naked
Related forms
nudely, adverb
nudeness, noun
seminude, adjective
subnude, adjective
1. uncovered, undressed, undraped, exposed.
1. covered.
Pronunciation note
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Examples from the Web for nude
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  • He made a statue of a nude woman and set it up in his garden.

    Paul Gauguin, His Life and Art John Gould Fletcher
  • The majority of the bodies are nude, their clothing having been torn off.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • Thus it became a sin and shame to look at his nude goddesses.

    The Marble Faun, Volume I. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He had the snake totem on his chest and was nude except for his breech-clout and moccasins.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • In contradiction to, in wholly antipodal distinction from, Henry James, de Gourmont was an artist of the nude.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
British Dictionary definitions for nude


completely unclothed; undressed
having no covering; bare; exposed
  1. lacking some essential legal requirement, esp supporting evidence
  2. (of a contract, agreement, etc) made without consideration and void unless under seal
the state of being naked (esp in the phrase in the nude)
a naked figure, esp in painting, sculpture, etc
Derived Forms
nudely, adverb
nudeness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nūdus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nude

1530s, a legal term, "unsupported, not formally attested," from Latin nudus "naked, bare, unclothed, stripped" (see naked). General sense of "mere, plain, simple" attested from 1550s. In reference to the human body, meaning "unclothed," it is an artistic euphemism for naked, dating from 1610s (implied in nudity) but not in common use in this sense until mid-19c.


"nude figure in visual art," 1708, from French nud, obsolete variant of nu "naked, nude, bare," from Latin nudus (see nude (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nude in Technology

Said of machines delivered without an operating system (compare bare metal). "We ordered 50 systems, but they all arrived nude, so we had to spend a an extra weekend with the installation tapes." This usage is a recent innovation reflecting the fact that most PC clones are now delivered with DOS or Microsoft Windows pre-installed at the factory. Other kinds of hardware are still normally delivered without OS, so this term is particular to PC support groups.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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