starkers

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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Particularly: "UK"

Adjective[edit]

starkers (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly UK, slang) Completely nude.
    Entering the bathroom, I found Bill there, still starkers after his bath.

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References[edit]

  • starkers” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).