being without clothing or covering; nude: naked children swimming in the lake.
without adequate clothing: a naked little beggar.
bare of any covering, overlying matter, vegetation, foliage, or the like: naked fields.
bare, stripped, or destitute (usually followed by of ): The trees were suddenly naked of leaves.
without the customary covering, container, or protection: a naked sword; a naked flame.
without carpets, hangings, or furnishings, as rooms or walls.
(of the eye, sight, etc.) unassisted by a microscope, telescope, or other instrument: visible to the naked eye.
defenseless; unprotected; exposed: naked to invaders.
plain; simple; unadorned: the naked realities of the matter.
not accompanied or supplemented by anything else: a naked outline of the facts.
exposed to view or plainly revealed: the naked threat in the letter; a naked vein of coal.
plain-spoken; blunt: the naked truth.
Law. unsupported, as by authority or consideration: a naked promise.
(of seeds) not enclosed in an ovary.
(of flowers) without a calyx or perianth.
(of stalks, branches, etc.) without leaves.
(of stalks, leaves, etc.) without hairs or pubescence.
Zoology. having no covering of hair, feathers, shell, etc.

before 900; Middle English naked(e), Old English nacod; cognate with Dutch naakt, German nackt, Gothic naqths; akin to Old Norse nakinn, Latin nūdus, Greek gymnós, Sanskrit nagnás

nakedly, adverb
nakedness, noun
half-naked, adjective
seminaked, adjective
unnaked, adjective

1. uncovered, undressed, unclothed. 4. denuded. 5. unsheathed, exposed. 6. unfurnished. 8. unarmed, open. 11. manifest, evident, undisguised. 12. direct, outspoken.

1. dressed. 8. protected.
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naked (ˈneɪkɪd)
1.  Compare bare having the body completely unclothed; undressed
2.  having no covering; bare; exposed: a naked flame
3.  with no qualification or concealment; stark; plain: the naked facts
4.  unaided by any optical instrument, such as a telescope or microscope (esp in the phrase the naked eye)
5.  with no defence, protection, or shield
6.  (usually foll by of) stripped or destitute: naked of weapons
7.  (of the seeds of gymnosperms) not enclosed in a pericarp
8.  (of flowers) lacking a perianth
9.  (of stems) lacking leaves and other appendages
10.  (of animals) lacking hair, feathers, scales, etc
11.  law
 a.  unsupported by authority or financial or other consideration: a naked contract
 b.  lacking some essential condition to render valid; incomplete
[Old English nacod; related to Old High German nackot (German nackt), Old Norse noktr, Latin nudus]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. nacod "nude," also "not fully clothed," from P.Gmc. *nakwathaz (cf. O.Fris. nakad, M.Du. naket, Du. naakt, Ger. nackt, O.N. nökkviðr, O.Swed. nakuþer, Goth. naqaþs "naked"), from PIE base *neogw- "naked" (cf. Skt. nagna, Hittite nekumant-, L. nudus, Lith. nuogas, O.C.S. nagu-,
O.Ir. nocht, Welsh noeth). Applied to qualities, actions, etc., from late 14c. (first in "The Cloud of Unknowing"); phrase naked truth is from 1585, in Alexander Montgomerie's "The Cherry and the Slae").
Which thou must (though it grieve thee) grant
I trumped never a man.
But truely told the naked trueth,
To men that meld with mee,
For neither rigour, nor for rueth,
But onely loath to lie.
[Montgomerie, 1585]
Phrase naked as a jaybird (1943) was earlier naked as a robin (1879, in a Shropshire context); the earliest comparative was naked as a needle (late 14c.).
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Science Dictionary
naked   (nā'kĭd)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Zoology Lacking outer covering such as scales, fur, feathers, or a shell.

  2. Botany

    1. Lacking a pericarp, as the seeds of the pine.

    2. Lacking a perianth, as the flowers of spurge.

    3. Unprotected by scales, as a bud.

    4. Having no leaves, as a branch or stem.

    5. Having no covering of fine, hairlike structures, as a stalk or leaf; glabrous.

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Naked definition

This word denotes (1) absolute nakedness (Gen. 2:25; Job 1:21; Eccl. 5:15; Micah 1:8; Amos 2:16); (2) being poorly clad (Isa. 58:7; James 2:15). It denotes also (3) the state of one who has laid aside his loose outer garment (Lat. nudus), and appears clothed only in a long tunic or under robe worn next the skin (1 Sam. 19:24; Isa. 47:3; comp. Mark 14:52; John 21:7). It is used figuratively, meaning "being discovered" or "made manifest" (Job 26:6; Heb. 4:13). In Ex. 32:25 the expression "the people were naked" (A.V.) is more correctly rendered in the Revised Version "the people were broken loose", i.e., had fallen into a state of lawlessness and insubordination. In 2 Chr. 28:19 the words "he made Judah naked" (A.V.), but Revised Version "he had dealt wantonly in Judah," mean "he had permitted Judah to break loose from all the restraints of religion."

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