- 1(Of a person or part of the body) without clothes: he’d never seen a naked woman before he was stripped nakedMore example sentences
nude, bare, in the nude, stark naked, with nothing on, stripped, unclothed, undressed, uncovered, in a state of nature, disrobed, unclad, undraped, exposed; French au naturel• informal without a stitch on, in one's birthday suit, in the raw, in the altogether, in the buff, as naked as the day one was born, in the nuddy, mother nakedBritish • informal starkersNorth American • informal bare-assed, buck nakedAustralian • informal bollockyBritish • vulgar slang bollock-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.
- The clothes keep coming off until they are completely naked.
- 1.1(Of an object) without the usual covering or protection: her room was lit by a single naked bulbMore example sentences
- ‘It wasn't always like this,’ he said, slumping down in one of the chintzless armchairs underneath a single naked light 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.
- Lighting was provided by naked bulbs hanging from wires strung up on the cave walls, and fresh air by ventilation shafts unseen.
- 1.2(Of a tree, plant, or animal) without leaves, hairs, scales, etc.: the naked branches of the treesMore example sentences
- This bit really does look like a forest; it is filled with oak trees whose naked branches seem to scrape the gray sky.
- The bent branches of naked trees hung dangerously close to the small lake.
- Hatchlings are almost naked, their eyes are closed, and they are helpless, but they develop rapidly.
- 1.3 (naked of) Devoid of: areas of skin naked of feathersMore example sentences
- 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.
- Naked of religion, naked of reference to faith.
- 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.
- 1.4Exposed to harm; vulnerable: John looked naked and defenceless without his spectaclesMore example sentences
- She felt naked, exposed and awfully vulnerable in the forest.
- A sense of naked vulnerability replaced a sense of security.
- I feel very naked and exposed without the mask at night.
- 2 [attributive] (Especially of feelings or behaviour) expressed openly; undisguised: naked fear made him tremble the naked truthMore example sentences
- In truth, naked aggression does not suit him.
- The farmers showed naked ambition when they opened up luxury holiday cottages for sun-seekers who like shedding their clothes.
- I love the naked confidence and wanting of it, the simple pop perfection.
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 eyeMore example sentences
- 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.
- Though invisible to the naked eye, excess calories would pile on very visible fat.
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- And while it is a crime to lie to Congress and to commit perjury, these acts are prosecuted in such a haphazard and nakedly political fashion that they can hardly serve as much of a deterrent.
- This doesn't make him different from other politicians - sometimes it's refreshing that the naked self-interest is presented, nakedly.
- The real truth here is in the nakedly truthful acting, but acting such as this, because it resides in a film with little or no thematic import, amounts to little more than simulation.
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.