American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Chiefly British Slang Stark naked.
- adj. chiefly UK, slang Completely nude.
- adj. (British informal) stark naked
- British slang, from 1923, combining (like a popular etymology) two meanings of stark ("strong, utterly; barren") with stark naked, which is from Old English steort ("tail"), referring to the tail-end (as in butt-naked). (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of stark naked. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So - you might guess that I'm recommending 'starkers' as the best way to view today's seven pack of picks.”
“I was a nudist too as a kid, ran around outside starkers.”
“The flow of the river started taking them downstream, so I dropped the haversacks, ran down the riverside starkers, dived into the river and caught our clothes.”
“We are not allowed to walk around starkers (or wear Nazi uniforms of white pointy hats) 3.”
“Rosemary cannot comb her wet hair in front of the mirrors, because odds on someone will be standing next to her starkers, so she has to scurry home, hair tangled and flustered.”
“SIMON: About a person being dragged starkers from a Wal-Mart bathroom.”
“It had been quite another waking up starkers in the gray morning light.”
““Well you look like a bloody Pagan, sat up there, starkers!””
“Very witty as I try to imagine the author starkers up a burning bush – flaming tree rather!”
“We have a birthday suit, we are au naturel, we streak starkers through open fields and appear in the buff in locker rooms.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘starkers’.
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Words relating to getting naked, being naked, the commonly naked, nakedness (partial or complete), and similar.
Australian colloquialisms, slang and unique lingual artifacts.
Words that are fun to say....
Mostly, the cant words come from my reprint of Francis Grose's 1785 dictionary of 'The Vulgar Tongue', while the more modern slang has been found at various online sources, e.g. this online diction...
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
Britishisms and Anglophilia - Mencken has a great, if dated, list of comparisons between the British and American words here.
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