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  1. being without clothing or covering; nude: naked children swimming in the lake.

  2. without adequate clothing: a naked little beggar.

  1. bare of any covering, overlying matter, vegetation, foliage, or the like: naked fields.

  2. bare, stripped, or destitute (usually followed by of): The trees were suddenly naked of leaves.

  3. without the customary covering, container, or protection: a naked sword;a naked flame.

  4. without carpets, hangings, or furnishings, as rooms or walls.

  5. (of the eye, sight, etc.) unassisted by a microscope, telescope, or other instrument: visible to the naked eye.

  6. defenseless; unprotected; exposed: naked to invaders.

  7. plain; simple; unadorned: the naked realities of the matter.

  8. not accompanied or supplemented by anything else: a naked outline of the facts.

  9. exposed to view or plainly revealed: the naked threat in the letter;a naked vein of coal.

  10. plain-spoken; blunt: the naked truth.

  11. Law. unsupported, as by authority or consideration: a naked promise.

  12. Botany.

    • (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.

  13. Zoology. having no covering of hair, feathers, shell, etc.

Origin of naked

before 900; Middle English naked(e), Old English nacod; cognate with Dutch naakt,German nackt,Gothic naqths; akin to Old Norse nakinn,Latin nūdus,Greek gymnós,Sanskrit nagnás

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Other words from naked

  • na·ked·ly, adverb
  • na·ked·ness, noun
  • half-naked, adjective
  • sem·i·na·ked, adjective
  • un·na·ked, adjective

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How to use naked in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for naked


/ (ˈneɪkɪd) /

  1. having the body completely unclothed; undressed: Compare bare 1

  2. having no covering; bare; exposed: a naked flame

  1. with no qualification or concealment; stark; plain: the naked facts

  2. unaided by any optical instrument, such as a telescope or microscope (esp in the phrase the naked eye)

  3. with no defence, protection, or shield

  4. (usually foll by of) stripped or destitute: naked of weapons

  5. (of the seeds of gymnosperms) not enclosed in a pericarp

  6. (of flowers) lacking a perianth

  7. (of stems) lacking leaves and other appendages

  8. (of animals) lacking hair, feathers, scales, etc

  9. law

    • unsupported by authority or financial or other consideration: a naked contract

    • lacking some essential condition to render valid; incomplete

Origin of naked

Old English nacod; related to Old High German nackot (German nackt), Old Norse noktr, Latin nudus

Derived forms of naked

  • nakedly, adverb
  • nakedness, noun

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Scientific definitions for naked


[ kĭd ]

  1. Zoology Lacking outer covering such as scales, fur, feathers, or a shell.

    • 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.

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