a simple past tense and past participle of unclothe.


naked; nude; undressed.

Origin of unclad

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at un-1, clad1



verb (used with object), un·clothed or un·clad [uhn-klad] /ʌnˈklæd/, un·cloth·ing.

to strip of clothes.
to remove a covering from; lay bare; uncover.

Origin of unclothe

First recorded in 1250–1300, unclothe is from the Middle English word unclothen. See un-2, clothe
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Examples from the Web for unclad

Historical Examples of unclad

  • It was the frank eloquence of the slaughter-house—the unclad humour of the market.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Swarthy, unclad children were as numerous and active as young chickens.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • It swarms with wolfish-looking dogs and dirty, unclad children.

    The Bridge of the Gods

    Frederic Homer Balch

  • At his door stood the unclad and pallid candidate for district attorney.

    The Sturdy Oak

    Samuel Merwin, et al.

  • Others there were who were but in evil case, unarmed, and unclad, who were scarce whole.

    The Romance of Morien

    Jessie L. Weston

British Dictionary definitions for unclad



having no clothes on; naked


verb -clothes, -clothing, -clothed or -clad (tr)

to take off garments from; strip
to uncover or lay bare
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Word Origin and History for unclad



c.1300, uncloþe (transitive), from un- (2) + clothe (v.). Refl. sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Unclothed; unclothing.

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