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[uhn-klohth ] /ʌnˈkloʊð/
verb (used with object), unclothed or unclad
[uhn-klad] /ʌnˈklæd/ (Show IPA),
to strip of clothes.
to remove a covering from; lay bare; uncover.
Origin of unclothe
First recorded in 1250-1300, unclothe is from the Middle English word unclothen. See un-2, clothe Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unclothed
Historical Examples
  • Save for a wisp of rag about the loins, his body was unclothed, and glistened in the wet.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • It is for this we groan, not that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon.

    The Great Commission C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • The women join the dance, cavorting about unclothed, just as the men do.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • I have seen her unclothed, I have seen her costumed only in her alabaster skin.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • He was unclothed, save for a tiger skin about his muscular waist.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • “With the unclothed eye I can perceive that you get me,” the sailor continued.

    Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager

    Burt L. Standish
  • There was a difference that could be distinguished with the unclothed optic.

    Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager

    Burt L. Standish
  • I could understand, perhaps, why the statue of Truth should be unclothed.

  • Remember what was his position, unclothed in the Castle of Antwerp!

    Relics of General Chasse Anthony Trollope
  • Whether clothed or unclothed, whether 'in the body or out of the body,' he might not be able to say.

    Biography of Rev. Hosea Ballou Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for unclothed


verb (transitive) -clothes, -clothing, -clothed, -clad
to take off garments from; strip
to uncover or lay bare
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unclothed



c.1300, uncloþe (transitive), from un- (2) + clothe (v.). Refl. sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Unclothed; unclothing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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