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  1. absolutely naked.
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Origin of stark-naked

1520–30; stark + naked; replacing start-naked (start, Middle English; Old English steort tail; cognate with Dutch staart, Old High German sterz, Old Norse stertr)
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Related Words for stark-naked

exposed, nude, bald, raw, bare, helpless, defenseless, naked, skin, dishabille, stripped, uncovered, undressed, unclothed, barren, natural, open, threadbare, unconcealed, unprotected

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Historical Examples of stark-naked

  • When it rains they are covered by their mats, but, as they are all stark-naked, the rain can do them no harm.

    Great African Travellers

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Some say that, during the ceremony, the women are stark-naked.

  • And in this wise they arose: stark-naked all of them, only their weapons in their hands.

  • The stark-naked men jumped along the route, waving their clubs, crying gutturally in a way the beasts seemed to understand.

  • On the contrary, the more he dwells on it, the more is he sensible of the danger—sees it in all its stark-naked reality.

British Dictionary definitions for stark-naked


  1. completely nakedInformal word: (postpositive) starkers (ˈstɑːkəz)
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Word Origin for stark-naked

C13 stert naket, literally: tail naked; stert, from Old English steort tail; related to Old Norse stertr tail + naked
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