Definition of naked adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈneɪkɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɪkɪd//
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  1. 1  not wearing any clothes synonym bare a naked body naked shoulders They often wandered around the house stark naked (= completely naked). They found him half naked and bleeding to death. The prisoners were stripped naked. see also buck naked
  2. 2[usually before noun] without the usual covering synonym bare a naked light a naked sword Mice are born naked (= without fur). (British English) a naked flame In American English this is called an open flame.
  3. 3[only before noun] (of emotions, attitudes, etc.) expressed strongly and not hidden naked aggression the naked truth Which Word?naked / bareBoth these words can be used to mean ‘not covered with clothes’ and are frequently used with the following nouns: naked body/​man/​fear/​aggression/​flame bare feet/​arms/​walls/​branches/​essentials Naked is more often used to describe a person or their body and bare usually describes a part of the body. Bare can also describe other things with nothing on them:bare walls a bare hillside. Naked can mean ‘without a protective covering’:a naked sword. Bare can also mean ‘just enough’:the bare minimum. Naked can be used to talk about strong feelings that are not hidden:naked fear. Note also the idiom:(visible) to/​with the naked eye.
  4. 4[not usually before noun] unable to protect yourself from being harmed, criticized, etc. synonym helpless He still felt naked and drained after his ordeal. More Like This Adjectives ending in –ed pronounced /-ɪd/ aged, beloved, crooked, dogged, learned, naked, ragged, rugged, sacred, wickedSee worksheet.
  5. Word OriginOld English nacod, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naakt and German nackt, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nudus and Sanskrit nagna.Extra examples I suggest you don’t make a habit of going around half naked. Never had he felt so completely naked. She had been left naked and alone. She quickly stripped naked. She realized with a shock that she was stark naked. Her blonde hair fell over her naked shoulders. Revealed: the naked truth about your favourite soap stars. She was clutching the sheet around her naked body. The prisoners were stripped naked. They often wandered around the house stark naked. buck nakedIdioms the normal power of your eyes without the help of an instrument The planet should be visible with/to the naked eye.
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