Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no clothing on the body; nude.
  • adj. Having no covering, especially the usual one: a naked sword.
  • adj. Devoid of vegetation, trees, or foliage: the naked ground; naked tree limbs.
  • adj. Being without addition, concealment, disguise, or embellishment: the naked facts; naked ambition.
  • adj. Devoid of a specified quality, characteristic, or element: a look that was naked of all pretense.
  • adj. Exposed to harm; vulnerable: "naked to mine enemies” ( Shakespeare).
  • adj. Botany Not encased in ovaries: naked seeds.
  • adj. Botany Unprotected by scales: naked buds.
  • adj. Botany Lacking a perianth: naked flowers.
  • adj. Botany Without leaves or pubescence: naked stalks.
  • adj. Zoology Lacking outer covering such as scales, fur, feathers, or a shell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not wearing any clothes; without clothing on the genitals or female nipples.
  • adj. Glib, without decoration, put bluntly.
  • adj. Unprotected; (by extension) without a condom.
  • adj. Uncomfortable; as if missing something important.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of nake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no clothes on; uncovered; nude; bare
  • adj. Having no means of defense or protection; open; unarmed; defenseless.
  • adj. Unprovided with needful or desirable accessories, means of sustenance, etc.; destitute; unaided; bare.
  • adj. Without addition, exaggeration, or excuses; not concealed or disguised; open to view; manifest; plain.
  • adj. Mere; simple; plain.
  • adj. Without pubescence; ; bare, or not covered by the customary parts, as a flower without a perianth, a stem without leaves, seeds without a pericarp, buds without bud scales.
  • adj. Not having the full complement of tones; -- said of a chord of only two tones, which requires a third tone to be sounded with them to make the combination pleasing to the ear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unclothed; without clothing or covering; bare; nude: as, a naked body or limb.
  • Without covering; especially, without the usual or customary covering; exposed; bare: as, a naked sword.
  • Specifically— In botany, noting flowers without a calyx, ovules or seeds not in a closed ovary (gymnosperms), stems without leaves, and parts destitute of hairs.
  • In zoology, noting mollusks when the body is not defended by a calcareous shell.
  • In entomology, without hairs, bristles, scales, or other covering on the surface.
  • Open to view.
  • Mere; bare; simple.
  • Having no means of defense or protection against an enemy's attack, or against other injury; unarmed; exposed; defenseless.
  • Bare; unprovided; unfurnished; destitute.
  • In music, noting the harmonic interval of a fifth or fourth, when taken alone.
  • In law, unsupported by authority or consideration: as, a naked overdraft; a naked promise.
  • Synonyms Uncovered, undressed.
  • Unprotected, unsheltered, unguarded.
  • Said of a vessel's bottom when her copper is stripped off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of the eye or ear e.g.) without the aid of an optical or acoustical device or instrument
  • adj. completely unclothed
  • adj. lacking any cover
  • adj. having no protecting or concealing cover
  • adj. devoid of elaboration or diminution or concealment; bare and pure

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English nacod; see nogw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English naked, from Old English nacod ("naked"), from Proto-Germanic *nakwadaz, from Proto-Indo-European *nogʷó- (“naked”). Cognate with Scots nakit, nakkit ("naked"), Dutch naakt ("naked"), German nackt ("naked"), Danish nøgen ("naked"), Swedish naken ("naked"), Icelandic nakinn ("naked"). Related also to Old English nacian ("to strip of clothes, undress"). More at nake. (Wiktionary)
See nake (verb) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "After the feast, young slave girls strewed the mosaic with sawdust dyed saffron and vermilion, mixed with sparkling powder, and naked virgins danced -- _naked_ virgins!"

    The Coming of the King

  • The Naked Method -- Add the word "naked" to every headline.

    Omri Marcus: Five Ways to Read the Paper and Keep Your Sanity Intact

  • Thousands of noisy demonstrators continued to throng the rotunda of the historic statehouse in Madison, while others marched outside to protest what they called a naked attempt to break public employee unions.

    Wisconsin Gov. Walker threatens to trigger layoffs for thousands of public workers

  • One might start, for instance, wondering what the art historian Kenneth Clark, whose 1956 book "The Nude" examined the aesthetics of the human figure, would make of the Japanese-born couple's use of the English word "naked" in their title.

    In a Place of Dreams and Dreamers

  • He drank for many of the last years of his life great quantities of rum and brandy, which he called the naked truth; and if, in compliance to other gentlemen, he drank claret or punch, he always took an equal quantity of spirits to qualify those liquors: this he called a wedge.

    The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent

  • At the end of last week four European countries banned short-selling of financial stocks, and Germany renewed its push to get Europe to prohibit what it calls "naked short-selling" of credit-default swaps.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Bill McKibben, an environmental activist who led opposition to the pipeline, praised Obama's decision to stand up to what he called a "naked political threat from Big Oil."

    The Seattle Times

  • When he went to the locker room at Lasch Hall the Friday night before spring break in 2002 to retrieve some game tapes, he witnessed what he described as a naked Sandusky having anal sex with a naked 10-year-old boy in the showers.

    NYDN Rss

  • Lasch Hall the Friday night before spring break in 2002 to retrieve some game tapes, he witnessed what he described as a naked Sandusky having anal sex with a naked 10-year-old boy in the showers.

    NYDN Rss

  • Please Navy - in the future would you refrain from using the word naked & JS1 in the same sentance?

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  • Ew. Seeing the word "naking" after reading about horses makes me of knackers.

    I have to stop thinking about this before I make some joke about knackerphilia.

    November 10, 2010

  • I thought naking was a synonym of yarbing. Go figure.

    March 4, 2010

  • I'm all for nudism but not where horses are concerned.

    March 4, 2010

  • ah, equine eroticism--where would classical poetry be without you?

    March 4, 2010

  • Naked
    on a naked horse
    in pouring rain!

    - Kobayashi Issa

    March 4, 2010

  • As a wannabe nudist, I read "time out of mind..." as perjorative of our ancestors.

    May 11, 2008

  • I don't believe so. If you read him carefully, and the full context makes it clearer, he's effectively saying that being dressed is our natural state, and that it takes a verb (i.e. an action) to render us undressed and therefore naked. So I doubt he would have had much sympathy for "naturists", whom I understand consider nudity to be the natural state.

    May 11, 2008

  • Was CS Lewis a nudist?!

    May 11, 2008

  • The word naked was originally a past participle; the naked man was the man who had undergone a process of naking, that is, of stripping or peeling (you used the verb of nuts and fruit). Time out of mind the naked man has seemed to our ancestors not the natural but the abnormal man; not the man who has abstained from dressing but the man who has been for some reason undressed.
    CS Lewis, The Four Loves

    May 10, 2008