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

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for semi-naked

Contemporary Examples of semi-naked

Historical Examples of semi-naked

  • Salome heard the call and from her window looked with half-closed, catlike eyes upon the semi-naked, young fanatic.

    The Mintage

    Elbert Hubbard

British Dictionary definitions for semi-naked



having the body completely unclothed; undressedCompare bare 1
having no covering; bare; exposeda naked flame
with no qualification or concealment; stark; plainthe naked facts
unaided by any optical instrument, such as a telescope or microscope (esp in the phrase the naked eye)
with no defence, protection, or shield
(usually foll by of) stripped or destitutenaked of weapons
(of the seeds of gymnosperms) not enclosed in a pericarp
(of flowers) lacking a perianth
(of stems) lacking leaves and other appendages
(of animals) lacking hair, feathers, scales, etc
  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 semi-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

semi-naked in Science



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