- Alteration by folk etymology from obsolete start-naked, naked to the tail, from Middle English stert-naked : stert, tail; see redstart + naked, naked; see naked. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Granted, we still do not know the shooter's motives; but to me the shooting is a stark-naked attempt to hurt democracy.”
“Well, they should parade, in authentic ancient style, stark-naked – with Boris and other luminaries leading the way.”
“Traueling from thence by the Ocean sea 50. daies iourney southward, I came vnto a certain land named Lammori, [Perhaps he meaneth Comori.] where, in regard of extreeme heat, the people both men and women go stark-naked from top to toe: who seeing me apparelled scoffed at me, saying that God made Adam et Eue naked.”
“Fifty dirty, stark-naked men elbowing each other in a room twenty feet square, with only two bathtubs and two slimy roller towels between them all.”
“In front of the fire a fully dressed man and a stark-naked man were bargaining.”
“Fifty more slaves were freed next day in another village; and, the whole party being stark-naked, cloth enough was left to clothe them, better probably than they had ever been clothed before.”
“The smallest infants of all, out of their fly-black eyes, would stare at the company, gravely balanced on spread legs, stark-naked, sucking their thumbs and pushing out expectant bellies towards us.”
“One was blind, the other lame, and the third stark-naked.”
““El-Zánah,” to the north; and a foreground of pale-yellow, stark-naked gypsum, apparently tongue-shaped.”
“On its left bank a lamp-black vein of stark-naked basalt, capped by jagged blocks, ran down to the sea, and formed a conspicuous buttress.”
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