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Etymology 1[edit]

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), Low German naakd (naked), Dutch naakt (naked), German nackt (naked), Danish nøgen (naked), Swedish naken (naked), Icelandic nakinn (naked), Faroese nakin (naked), and ultimately with Latin nūdus, Ancient Greek γυμνός (gumnós), Irish nocht, Welsh noeth, Russian нагой (nagoj), Lithuanian nuogas, Hindi नंगा (naṅgā), Sanskrit नग्न (nagna), Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬕𐬥𐬀 (maġna), Old Armenian մերկ (merk). Related also to Old English nacian (to strip of clothes, undress). More at nake.


naked (comparative more naked, superlative most naked)

  1. Not wearing any clothes; without clothing on the genitals or female nipples.
    She was as naked as the day she was born.
  2. Glib, without decoration, put bluntly.
    This is the naked truth.
    The naked facts lay there on the table, enclosed within the files.
  3. Unprotected; (by extension) without a condom.
    The tendrils of the naked flame stretched into the skies.
    I entered her naked and came in her too.
  4. Uncomfortable; as if missing something important.
    I feel naked without my mobile phone.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See nake (verb)



  1. simple past tense and past participle of nake