Definition of naked in US 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’
    • ‘He was naked from the waist up, only wearing his dusty black pants.’
    • ‘She was completely naked except for her underwear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am completely naked in front of him.’
    • ‘I know about how terrible it is to stand naked in the showers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clothes keep coming off until they are completely naked.’
    • ‘It's about the human body, so the actors and dancers are often naked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A naked woman's body lay in the middle of the floor.’
    • ‘Looking down he saw that he was completely naked.’
    • ‘With a start, she realised he was completely naked.’
    • ‘The shot of them lying half naked on the bed is just too creepy.’
    • ‘She forgot she was almost half naked in front of two men.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But let's face it, who among us actually has danced naked in our living room?’
    • ‘Practically naked ramblers have been spotted in several areas of the Yorkshire Dales in the last week.’
    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’
      • ‘Power lines and telephone cables can be set in place even if all you need for now is a naked bulb.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two naked light bulbs dangling from the ceiling provided light.’
      • ‘‘It wasn't always like this,’ he said, slumping down in one of the chintzless armchairs underneath a single naked light bulb.’
      • ‘Lighting was provided by naked bulbs hanging from wires strung up on the cave walls, and fresh air by ventilation shafts unseen.’
      • ‘The chamber, the cell, was stripped completely naked.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wake up tied to a straight-backed chair sitting in an empty room under the harsh glow of a naked light bulb.’
      • ‘He had his naked sword in the hand of his good arm and he was angry.’
      • ‘A small naked bulb jumped to life and poorly lit the dreary living room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The naked red light bulb gave the room an eerie surreal aura.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lamp are preferable to light fittings and naked bulbs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She stared right into her ceiling, challenging the naked light bulb to look at her.’
      • ‘The only illumination is a single naked light bulb hung in the middle.’
      • ‘He had been wearing a cloak that covered his face, and had a naked sword in his hand.’
      • ‘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.’
      unprotected, uncovered, exposed, open, unguarded
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    2. 1.2 (of a tree, plant, or animal) without leaves, hairs, scales, shell, etc.
      ‘the twisted trunks and naked branches of the trees’
      • ‘The chicks are virtually naked when they hatch and must be brooded on the parents' feet for about 50 days.’
      • ‘The wind is clattering the bare tops of the naked trees, and the rain is rattling on the gables.’
      • ‘All adults at the nest incubated eggs and brooded the naked chicks.’
      • ‘Hatchlings were completely naked and their eyelids were fused.’
      • ‘The naked tree from last month is now adorned with thousands of small, white blooms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bent branches of naked trees hung dangerously close to the small lake.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He still grasped a ragged and naked branch of the tree with hands clenched in desperation.’
      • ‘This bit really does look like a forest; it is filled with oak trees whose naked branches seem to scrape the gray sky.’
      • ‘Hatchlings are almost naked, their eyes are closed, and they are helpless, but they develop rapidly.’
      • ‘A chilly wind swept across the countryside, fleeing through the naked trees as it howled against the approaching night.’
      • ‘Peasants were on their knees, arms raised like the naked trees in winter.’
      • ‘Icy gusts of wind blew in from the north and herded the naked branches of trees in the court yard.’
      • ‘But when the naked branches of the trees scratched her window, and the wind screamed across the yard, Sarah began to feel scared.’
      • ‘Some bird species are naked and helpless at birth, and must be fed by their parents; these birds are said to be altricial.’
      • ‘Another blast of wind shook the everlasting trees and riddled the naked branches.’
      • ‘I lifted my head skyward and examined the ancient pine's naked branches and dying leaves.’
      bare, barren, stark, denuded, stripped, uncovered
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    3. 1.3 Exposed to harm; unprotected or vulnerable.
      ‘John looked naked and defenseless without his glasses’
      • ‘She felt naked, exposed and awfully vulnerable in the forest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A sense of naked vulnerability replaced a sense of security.’
      • ‘I feel very naked and exposed without the mask at night.’
      • ‘Feeling it wash across his shoulders and cheeks was comforting - he felt naked without its protection.’
      vulnerable, helpless, weak, powerless, defenceless, exposed, unprotected, undefended, open to attack
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  • 2attributive (of something such as feelings or behavior) undisguised; blatant.

    ‘the naked truth’
    ‘naked, unprovoked aggression’
    • ‘The stark, naked idiocy of this notion keeps me up at night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although they come at it from different perspectives, both owners exhibit a naked greed and selfishness that is undermining the existence of professional sports.’
    • ‘I'm almost feeling his naked panic just typing this.’
    • ‘Its hard to trust when your feelings are so naked, so raw, so harsh, so true.’
    • ‘What I find contemptuous is the naked ambition of most of the contestants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was an intimate experience to catch a glimpse of naked anxiety, grief or joy in the face of another.’
    • ‘I love the naked confidence and wanting of it, the simple pop perfection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's no way of spinning this as anything other than a purely selfish move, a cash grab out of naked greed.’
    • ‘And if opponents aren't used to seeing such naked aggression, until they do, their immune response will be somewhat impaired.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The farmers showed naked ambition when they opened up luxury holiday cottages for sun-seekers who like shedding their clothes.’
    • ‘The naked ambition and power grabbing becomes breath-taking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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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

/ˈnākid//ˈneɪkɪd/