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


  1. having the body completely unclothed; undressedCompare bare 1
  2. having no covering; bare; exposeda naked flame
  3. with no qualification or concealment; stark; plainthe 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 destitutenaked 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
    1. unsupported by authority or financial or other considerationa naked contract
    2. lacking some essential condition to render valid; incomplete

adj.Old English nacod “nude, bare; empty,” also “not fully clothed,” from Proto-Germanic *nakwathaz (cf. Old Frisian nakad, Middle Dutch naket, Dutch naakt, Old High German nackot, German nackt, Old Norse nökkviðr, Old Swedish nakuþer, Gothic naqaþs “naked”), from PIE root *nogw- “naked” (cf. Sanskrit nagna, Hittite nekumant-, Old Persian *nagna-, Greek gymnos, Latin nudus, Lithuanian nuogas, Old Church Slavonic nagu-, Russian nagoi, Old Irish nocht, Welsh noeth “bare, naked”). Related: Nakedly; nakedness. 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) grantI 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 known comparative based on it was naked as a needle (late 14c.). Naked eye is from 1660s, unnecessary in the world before telescopes and microscopes.

  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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