Definition of naked in English:

naked

adjective

  • 1(of a person or part of the body) without clothes.

    ‘he'd never seen a naked woman before’
    ‘he was stripped naked’
    • ‘Practically naked ramblers have been spotted in several areas of the Yorkshire Dales in the last week.’
    • ‘As long as you're happy with the way you look and you have no problem doing it, I have no problem with you being completely naked or whatever you want to do.’
    • ‘A naked woman's body lay in the middle of the floor.’
    • ‘With a start, she realised he was completely naked.’
    • ‘I know about how terrible it is to stand naked in the showers.’
    • ‘I don't agree with sleaze and naked women flaunting their bodies but if it is what they want to do or what they choose to do then that is their choice, not the government's, theirs.’
    • ‘He was naked from the waist up, only wearing his dusty black pants.’
    • ‘It's about the human body, so the actors and dancers are often naked.’
    • ‘Or I will be running naked through the streets screaming for joy.’
    • ‘Micheal walked in a second later, now staring at my nearly naked body.’
    • ‘And the only reason you even looked at me and blushed was because you had seen me almost naked.’
    • ‘Looking down he saw that he was completely naked.’
    • ‘I am completely naked in front of him.’
    • ‘The clothes keep coming off until they are completely naked.’
    • ‘She forgot she was almost half naked in front of two men.’
    • ‘But let's face it, who among us actually has danced naked in our living room?’
    • ‘She was completely naked except for her underwear.’
    • ‘The shot of them lying half naked on the bed is just too creepy.’
    • ‘When we walked in, two completely naked women in high heels greeted us and paraded around, trying to get the champion's attention.’
    • ‘This is not a case of the Emperor's New Clothes, here the Emperor knows he is naked but the people cannot see it.’
    nude, bare, in the nude, stark naked, with nothing on, stripped, unclothed, undressed, uncovered, in a state of nature, disrobed, unclad, undraped, exposed
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    1. 1.1 (of an object) without the usual covering or protection.
      ‘her room was lit by a single naked bulb’
      • ‘I wake up tied to a straight-backed chair sitting in an empty room under the harsh glow of a naked light bulb.’
      • ‘She stared right into her ceiling, challenging the naked light bulb to look at her.’
      • ‘‘It wasn't always like this,’ he said, slumping down in one of the chintzless armchairs underneath a single naked light bulb.’
      • ‘This is a man whose life and soul are lit up by a single naked light bulb that he parsimoniously carries between office and home.’
      • ‘Two naked light bulbs dangling from the ceiling provided light.’
      • ‘He had been wearing a cloak that covered his face, and had a naked sword in his hand.’
      • ‘Lighting was provided by naked bulbs hanging from wires strung up on the cave walls, and fresh air by ventilation shafts unseen.’
      • ‘In the early days of electric lighting, fixtures intentionally flaunted naked bulbs so that no one could possibly mistake them for gas.’
      • ‘Ironic, because this is genuinely naked food, stripped bare, revealing all, hiding nothing.’
      • ‘Power lines and telephone cables can be set in place even if all you need for now is a naked bulb.’
      • ‘Backstage, the children sit in front of naked light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, wiping away the make-up they carefully applied before the performance.’
      • ‘The chamber, the cell, was stripped completely naked.’
      • ‘A small naked bulb jumped to life and poorly lit the dreary living room.’
      • ‘He had his naked sword in the hand of his good arm and he was angry.’
      • ‘By the time they got to their feet and turned to continue they had to stop again, their way was blocked by two foreboding looking men holding naked swords.’
      • ‘The naked red light bulb gave the room an eerie surreal aura.’
      • ‘Lamp are preferable to light fittings and naked bulbs.’
      • ‘The only illumination is a single naked light bulb hung in the middle.’
      • ‘Its paint had long chipped away, leaving only the naked brick exposed to the heat of the sun and the abrasion of the constantly swirling desert sand.’
      • ‘Others they compel to extend their necks, and then, attacking them with naked swords, they attempt to cut through the neck with a single blow.’
      unprotected, uncovered, exposed, open, unguarded
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    2. 1.2 (of a tree, plant, or animal) without leaves, hairs, scales, etc.
      ‘the naked branches of the trees’
      • ‘All adults at the nest incubated eggs and brooded the naked chicks.’
      • ‘Icy gusts of wind blew in from the north and herded the naked branches of trees in the court yard.’
      • ‘The chicks are virtually naked when they hatch and must be brooded on the parents' feet for about 50 days.’
      • ‘Hatchlings are almost naked, their eyes are closed, and they are helpless, but they develop rapidly.’
      • ‘This bit really does look like a forest; it is filled with oak trees whose naked branches seem to scrape the gray sky.’
      • ‘Hatchlings were completely naked and their eyelids were fused.’
      • ‘The naked tree from last month is now adorned with thousands of small, white blooms.’
      • ‘Another blast of wind shook the everlasting trees and riddled the naked branches.’
      • ‘He gazed longingly up at the immense, empty sky that cut across the nearby horizon through the naked trees and began tramping through the snow towards it.’
      • ‘Some bird species are naked and helpless at birth, and must be fed by their parents; these birds are said to be altricial.’
      • ‘The wind is clattering the bare tops of the naked trees, and the rain is rattling on the gables.’
      • ‘The bent branches of naked trees hung dangerously close to the small lake.’
      • ‘Peasants were on their knees, arms raised like the naked trees in winter.’
      • ‘But when the naked branches of the trees scratched her window, and the wind screamed across the yard, Sarah began to feel scared.’
      • ‘Snow and frost hid the green stalks of grass from view, and the naked trees bore witness to the harshness of the season, shivering in the cold gusts of icy wind.’
      • ‘He still grasped a ragged and naked branch of the tree with hands clenched in desperation.’
      • ‘I lifted my head skyward and examined the ancient pine's naked branches and dying leaves.’
      • ‘A chilly wind swept across the countryside, fleeing through the naked trees as it howled against the approaching night.’
      bare, barren, stark, denuded, stripped, uncovered
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    3. 1.3naked of Devoid of.
      ‘areas of skin naked of feathers’
      • ‘His fingers were long and thin and naked of rings.’
      • ‘Her house looked the same as Terry's on the outside except that the house was naked of flowers and trees in the front yard.’
      • ‘And he was covered in sheets of metal, while she stood naked of protection in her gritty clothes.’
      • ‘The peaks of Mount Kilimanajaro are now naked of snow for the first time in our own 10,000-year long geological period.’
      • ‘Naked of religion, naked of reference to faith.’
      • ‘The girl looked at her surroundings and became aware for the first time that around her were dead birds of unknown species, naked of their feathers.’
      • ‘He noticed something he hadn't before, her body was naked of any jewellery, not even her ears were pierced.’
      • ‘Beyond the fields in every direction trees grew up red and brown, green and gold, some already naked of their leaves and above them the hills which brought him back to his reality.’
      • ‘Granted, I was still stimulated, but by much different things, such as the sight of a tree, naked of its leaves, bullied by the biting afternoon gusts.’
      • ‘A dim, yellow light illuminated the tiny room, the source of the light coming from a beaten-looking lamp naked of its shade.’
    4. 1.4 Exposed to harm; vulnerable.
      ‘John looked naked and defenceless without his spectacles’
      • ‘A sense of naked vulnerability replaced a sense of security.’
      • ‘I feel very naked and exposed without the mask at night.’
      • ‘She felt naked, exposed and awfully vulnerable in the forest.’
      • ‘Feeling it wash across his shoulders and cheeks was comforting - he felt naked without its protection.’
      • ‘Whereas I had felt naked and exposed crossing the open field, here in the woods I felt relatively secure and almost invisible.’
      • ‘I feel naked and vulnerable when I am walking through a parking lot alone.’
      vulnerable, helpless, weak, powerless, defenceless, exposed, unprotected, undefended, open to attack
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  • 2attributive (especially of feelings or behaviour) expressed openly; undisguised.

    ‘naked fear made him tremble’
    ‘the naked truth’
    • ‘What I find contemptuous is the naked ambition of most of the contestants.’
    • ‘But his naked ambition has long raised fears among his colleagues and superiors - the fear that he is a Brutus waiting to attack his Caesar.’
    • ‘What we are getting in their place are naked selfishness, unbridled materialism and marginalisation of compassion.’
    • ‘Isn't this loyalty, at huge financial cost to the individuals concerned, quite amazing, given the depths of naked greed to which our national sport has plummeted in recent years?’
    • ‘Its hard to trust when your feelings are so naked, so raw, so harsh, so true.’
    • ‘There's no way of spinning this as anything other than a purely selfish move, a cash grab out of naked greed.’
    • ‘The naked ambition and power grabbing becomes breath-taking.’
    • ‘I'm almost feeling his naked panic just typing this.’
    • ‘There has always been an edge to the relationship but it was never scented with sulphur or cordite or laced with the naked hostility that defines other rivalries.’
    • ‘The farmers showed naked ambition when they opened up luxury holiday cottages for sun-seekers who like shedding their clothes.’
    • ‘In truth, naked aggression does not suit him.’
    • ‘If the politics of naked greed and devil-take-the-hindmost are blown away, then the future battleground is more progressive, between centre and centre-left.’
    • ‘And if opponents aren't used to seeing such naked aggression, until they do, their immune response will be somewhat impaired.’
    • ‘I love the naked confidence and wanting of it, the simple pop perfection.’
    • ‘The last few years have shown that excesses can come about when finance capitalism and modern technology are abused in the service of naked greed.’
    • ‘It was an intimate experience to catch a glimpse of naked anxiety, grief or joy in the face of another.’
    • ‘The stark, naked idiocy of this notion keeps me up at night.’
    • ‘Although they come at it from different perspectives, both owners exhibit a naked greed and selfishness that is undermining the existence of professional sports.’
    • ‘If it does come, it would be triggered by the naked greed of a nation that is selfish and self-centred to the point of gross stupidity.’
    • ‘I don't agree with their politics, and their naked ambition scares me.’
    undisguised, plain, unadorned, unvarnished, unveiled, unqualified, stark, bald, unexaggerated, simple
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Phrases

  • the naked eye

    • Unassisted vision, without a telescope, microscope, or other device.

      ‘threadworm eggs are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye’
      • ‘The system works due to hundreds of tiny microchips - invisible to the naked eye - which are contained in a solution painted on the back of a mobile.’
      • ‘Gas-detecting devices currently used by investigators can detect the presence of gas which is invisible to the naked eye but not the source of the leak.’
      • ‘Though invisible to the naked eye, excess calories would pile on very visible fat.’
      • ‘Does this mean, you ask yourself, that stars visible to the naked eye have existed longer than those that had to wait for the invention of the telescope?’
      • ‘The bending of the arm may be invisible or intractable to the naked eye, even though television cameras can film 25 frames per second.’
      • ‘Some of the angles aren't even visible to the naked eye.’
      • ‘Not everyone can see it, and it is clearer to the naked eye than in photographs.’
      • ‘The attraction between us was almost tangible, electricity visible to the naked eye.’
      • ‘Any microscopic reduction, certainly invisible to the naked eye, is cancelled out by bulges wherever elastane cuts into flesh.’
      • ‘The five planets visible to the naked eye will come together later this month in a dazzling conjunction that will not be repeated for 100 years.’

Origin

Old English nacod, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naakt and German nackt, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nudus and Sanskrit nagna.

Pronunciation

naked

/ˈneɪkɪd/