na ‧ ked S3 /ˈneɪkəd, ˈneɪkɪd/ BrE AmE adjective
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: nacod ]
1 . not wearing any clothes or not covered by clothes SYN nude ⇨ bare :
The children ran naked through the yard.
a picture of a naked man
They found the body lying half naked in the grass.
The governor ordered the prisoner to be stripped naked and whipped.
stark naked (also buck naked/naked as a jaybird )American English (=completely naked)
In everyday English, people often say that someone has nothing on or doesn’t have anything on rather than say they are naked :
They ran through the yard with nothing on.
2 . the naked eye if you can see something with the naked eye, you can see it without using anything to help you, such as a ↑ telescope
visible to/with the naked eye
The mite is just visible to the naked eye.
Through his telescope he could see millions of stars that were invisible to the naked eye.
3 . weak and unable to protect yourself:
Standing in front on his first day of teaching, Brad felt completely naked.
4 . naked truth/self-interest/aggression etc truth, ↑ self-interest , ↑ aggression etc that is not hidden and is shocking:
The President condemned the invasion as an act of naked aggression.
5 . naked light/flame/sword etc a light, flame etc that is not enclosed by a cover:
A naked light bulb dangled from the ceiling.
—nakedness noun [uncountable]
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▪ naked not wearing any clothes or not covered by clothes - used especially when this seems rather shocking:
a naked man
He got out of bed naked, and answered the telephone.
his naked chest
▪ have nothing on/not have anything on to not be wearing any clothes. This phrase is very commonly used in everyday English instead of saying that someone is naked :
Can you wait a minute? I've got nothing on!
The little boy didn’t have anything on when he answered the door!
▪ bare used about feet, legs, arms etc that are not covered by clothes:
The sand was too hot to walk on in bare feet.
▪ nude naked – used especially when talking about naked people in paintings, films etc:
a nude portrait of his wife
▪ undressed [not before noun] not wearing any clothes, especially because you have just taken them off in order to go to bed, have a bath etc:
Sara was undressed and ready for bed but Jenny was fully clothed.
Wearily she got undressed and stepped into the shower.
▪ topless if a woman is topless, she is not wearing any clothes on the upper part of her body, so that her breasts are not covered:
a topless waitress
▪ in the nude not wearing any clothes:
Men and women swam together in the nude and thought nothing of it.
▪ in your birthday suit informal humorous not wearing any clothes:
He likes to sleep in his birthday suit. He says pyjamas are uncomfortable.
▪ go commando informal humorous to not wear any underwear:
In summertime, he likes to go commando.
▪ in the buff informal not wearing any clothes - a very informal use:
a beach where you can sunbathe in the buff