[dih-nood, -nyood]

verb (used with object), de·nud·ed, de·nud·ing.

to make naked or bare; strip: The storm completely denuded the trees.
Geology. to subject to denudation.

Origin of denude

1505–15; < Latin dēnūdāre, equivalent to dē- de- + nūdāre to lay bare; see nude
Related formsde·nud·er, nounhalf-de·nud·ed, adjectiveun·de·nud·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for denuded

fleece, peel, expose, undress, bare, uncover, disrobe

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Contemporary Examples of denuded

Historical Examples of denuded

  • But a country pillaged and denuded of inhabitants would not long support an army.



  • On every side were strewed the bodies of our companions, all denuded of their scalps.

    The Grateful Indian

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The almond trees, denuded of their leaves, shook like black skeletons.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • It becomes bare, denuded of its foliage, and grows visibly emaciated.

  • The next morning Stephen rose stiff and cramped from his denuded bed.

British Dictionary definitions for denuded


verb (tr)

to divest of covering; make bare; uncover; strip
to expose (rock) by the erosion of the layers above
Derived Formsdenudation (ˌdɛnjʊˈdeɪʃən, ˌdiː-), noundenuder, noun

Word Origin for denude

C16: from Latin dēnūdāre; see nude
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Word Origin and History for denuded



early 15c. (implied in denuded), from Middle French dénuder, from Latin denudare "to lay bare, strip; uncover, expose," from de- "away" (see de-) + nudare "to strip," from nudus "naked, bare" (see naked). Related: Denuding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

denuded in Medicine




To divest of a covering, as myelin.
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