- (of seeds) not enclosed in an ovary.
- (of flowers) without a calyx or perianth.
- (of stalks, branches, etc.) without leaves.
- (of stalks, leaves, etc.) without hairs or pubescence.
Origin of naked
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Examples from the Web for half-naked
Contemporary Examples of half-naked
Barba offered me a line of cocaine as we sat on his bunk bed covered by posters of musicians and half-naked women.Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison
October 12, 2014
Later, in 2003, pictures of a half-naked Smart—taken in prison—were published in The National Enquirer.Did Sexpot Schoolteacher Pamela Smart Hire Teens to Kill Her Husband?
January 19, 2014
They are everywhere on television: dripping wet, heavy-breathing, half-naked men.The Olympics or Soft Porn? Female, Gay Fans Gawking at Male Athletes
August 3, 2012
The red-band trailer for Magic Mike has already gone viral, with all the shots of half-naked McConaughey and Bomer.‘Magic Mike’ Review: 5 Strippers on the Channing Tatum Film
June 29, 2012
Magnotta plastered pictures of his own half-naked body all over the Internet.How Luka Magnotta, the Alleged ‘Cannibal Killer,’ Was Caught in Berlin
June 5, 2012
Historical Examples of half-naked
It was as much as any Spaniard could do to tell one half-naked Indian from another.The Trail Book
Without losing her calm, she lay down, half-naked, with her hair loose.Therese Raquin
The snow was in his scant hair and in the hollow of his wide, half-naked chest.Other Main-Travelled Roads
The snow was in his scant hair and in the hollow of his vast, half-naked chest.Prairie Folks
That is not the case with naked savages or half-naked barbarians.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
- unsupported by authority or financial or other considerationa naked contract
- lacking some essential condition to render valid; incomplete
Word Origin for naked
Old English nacod "nude, bare; empty," also "not fully clothed," from Proto-Germanic *nakwathaz (cf. Old Frisian nakad, Middle Dutch naket, Dutch naakt, Old High German nackot, German nackt, Old Norse nökkviðr, Old Swedish nakuþer, Gothic naqaþs "naked"), from PIE root *nogw- "naked" (cf. Sanskrit nagna, Hittite nekumant-, Old Persian *nagna-, Greek gymnos, Latin nudus, Lithuanian nuogas, Old Church Slavonic nagu-, Russian nagoi, Old Irish nocht, Welsh noeth "bare, naked"). Related: Nakedly; nakedness. Applied to qualities, actions, etc., from late 14c. (first in "The Cloud of Unknowing"); phrase naked truth is from 1585, in Alexander Montgomerie's "The Cherry and the Slae":
Which thou must (though it grieve thee) grant
I trumped never a man.
But truely told the naked trueth,
To men that meld with mee,
For neither rigour, nor for rueth,
But onely loath to lie.
Phrase naked as a jaybird (1943) was earlier naked as a robin (1879, in a Shropshire context); the earliest known comparative based on it was naked as a needle (late 14c.). Naked eye is from 1660s, unnecessary in the world before telescopes and microscopes.
- Lacking a pericarp, as the seeds of the pine.
- Lacking a perianth, as the flowers of spurge.
- Unprotected by scales, as a bud.
- Having no leaves, as a branch or stem.
- Having no covering of fine, hairlike structures, as a stalk or leaf; glabrous.