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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.
  3. bare of any covering, overlying matter, vegetation, foliage, or the like: naked fields.
  4. bare, stripped, or destitute (usually followed by of): The trees were suddenly naked of leaves.
  5. without the customary covering, container, or protection: a naked sword; a naked flame.
  6. without carpets, hangings, or furnishings, as rooms or walls.
  7. (of the eye, sight, etc.) unassisted by a microscope, telescope, or other instrument: visible to the naked eye.
  8. defenseless; unprotected; exposed: naked to invaders.
  9. plain; simple; unadorned: the naked realities of the matter.
  10. not accompanied or supplemented by anything else: a naked outline of the facts.
  11. exposed to view or plainly revealed: the naked threat in the letter; a naked vein of coal.
  12. plain-spoken; blunt: the naked truth.
  13. Law. unsupported, as by authority or consideration: a naked promise.
  14. Botany.
    1. (of seeds) not enclosed in an ovary.
    2. (of flowers) without a calyx or perianth.
    3. (of stalks, branches, etc.) without leaves.
    4. (of stalks, leaves, etc.) without hairs or pubescence.
  15. 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
Related formsna·ked·ly, adverbna·ked·ness, nounhalf-na·ked, adjectivesem·i·na·ked, adjectiveun·na·ked, adjective

Synonyms for naked

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1. uncovered, undressed, unclothed. 4. denuded. 5. unsheathed, exposed. 6. unfurnished. 8. unarmed, open. 11. manifest, evident, undisguised. 12. direct, outspoken.

Antonyms for naked

1. dressed. 8. protected. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for naked

Contemporary Examples of naked

Historical Examples of naked

  • He was naked save for a linen under shirt and pair of woollen drawers.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • In "Lear," Shakespeare was intent on expressing his own disillusion and naked misery.

  • The people will see beneath the false pretense the bare, naked facts.

  • Simba accepted the glasses, but first took a good look with the naked eye.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • His shirt and hand, and even his naked arm, were stained and blotched with blood.

British Dictionary definitions for naked


  1. having the body completely unclothed; undressedCompare bare 1
  2. having no covering; bare; exposeda naked flame
  3. with no qualification or concealment; stark; plainthe naked facts
  4. unaided by any optical instrument, such as a telescope or microscope (esp in the phrase the naked eye)
  5. with no defence, protection, or shield
  6. (usually foll by of) stripped or destitutenaked of weapons
  7. (of the seeds of gymnosperms) not enclosed in a pericarp
  8. (of flowers) lacking a perianth
  9. (of stems) lacking leaves and other appendages
  10. (of animals) lacking hair, feathers, scales, etc
  11. law
    1. unsupported by authority or financial or other considerationa naked contract
    2. lacking some essential condition to render valid; incomplete
Derived Formsnakedly, adverbnakedness, noun

Word Origin for naked

Old English nacod; related to Old High German nackot (German nackt), Old Norse noktr, Latin nudus
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Word Origin and History 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.
[Montgomerie, 1585]

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

naked in Science


  1. Zoology Lacking outer covering such as scales, fur, feathers, or a shell.
  2. Botany
    1. Lacking a pericarp, as the seeds of the pine.
    2. Lacking a perianth, as the flowers of spurge.
    3. Unprotected by scales, as a bud.
    4. Having no leaves, as a branch or stem.
    5. Having no covering of fine, hairlike structures, as a stalk or leaf; glabrous.
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