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verb (used with object), un·clothed or un·clad [uhn-klad] /ʌnˈklæd/, un·cloth·ing.
  1. to strip of clothes.
  2. to remove a covering from; lay bare; uncover.
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Origin of unclothe

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

  • We unfold the hidden operations, the very arcana of Nature, whom we unclothe as it were to her very nakedness.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)

    John Roby

  • We uncover, indeed we unclothe an ugly, pot-bellied, pale-orange larva.

  • One day he made me unclothe myself; I fainted when I must let my body linen fall: he revived me with salts and flasks.

British Dictionary definitions for unclothe


verb -clothes, -clothing, -clothed or -clad (tr)
  1. to take off garments from; strip
  2. to uncover or lay bare
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Word Origin and History for unclothe


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

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