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 unclothed

Historical Examples of unclothed

  • Save for a wisp of rag about the loins, his body was unclothed, and glistened in the wet.

    The Lost Continent

    C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

  • It is for this we groan, not that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon.

    The Great Commission

    C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh

  • The women join the dance, cavorting about unclothed, just as the men do.

    The Land of Tomorrow

    William B Stephenson, Jr.

  • I have seen her unclothed, I have seen her costumed only in her alabaster skin.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • He was unclothed, save for a tiger skin about his muscular waist.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for unclothed


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 unclothed



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

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