naked

naked (adj.) O.E. nacod "nude, bare; empty," also "not fully clothed," from P.Gmc. *nakwathaz (Cf. O.Fris. nakad, M.Du. naket, Du. naakt, O.H.G. nackot, Ger. nackt, O.N. nökkviðr, O.Swed. nakuþer, Goth. naqaþs "naked"), from PIE root *nogw- "naked" (Cf. Skt. nagna, Hittite nekumant-, O.Pers. *nagna-, Gk. gymnos, L. nudus, Lith. nuogas, O.C.S. nagu-, Rus. nagoi, O.Ir. nocht, Welsh noeth "bare, naked"). Related: Nakedly; nakedness. Applied to qualities, actions, etc., from late 14c. (first in "The Cloud of Unknowing"); phrase naked truth is from 1585, in Alexander Montgomerie's "The Cherry and the Slae":
Which thou must (though it grieve thee) grant
I trumped never a man.
But truely told the naked trueth,
To men that meld with mee,
For neither rigour, nor for rueth,
But onely loath to lie.
[Montgomerie, 1585]
Phrase naked as a jaybird (1943) was earlier naked as a robin (1879, in a Shropshire context); the earliest known comparative based on it was naked as a needle (late 14c.). Naked eye is from 1660s, unnecessary in the world before telescopes and microscopes.

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  • Naked — Na ked (n[=a] k[e^]d), a. [AS. nacod; akin to D. naakt, G. nackt, OHG. nacchot, nahhot, Icel. n[ o]kvi[eth]r, nakinn, Sw. naken, Dan. n[ o]gen, Goth. naqa[thorn]s, Lith. n[*u]gas, Russ. nagii, L. nudus, Skr. nagna. [root]266. Cf. {Nude}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • naked — [nā′kid] adj. [ME < OE nacod, akin to Ger nackt < IE base * nogw , naked > Sans nagná , L nudus] 1. a) completely unclothed; bare; nude b) uncovered; exposed: said of parts of the body 2. lacking clothing, means of support, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • Naked II — Live album by Golden Earring Released November 9, 1997 …   Wikipedia

  • naked — ► ADJECTIVE 1) without clothes. 2) (of an object) without the usual covering or protection. 3) not concealed; undisguised: naked aggression. 4) exposed to harm; vulnerable. ● the naked eye Cf. ↑the naked eye …   English terms dictionary

  • Naked — ist der (Original )Titel eines Liedes von Falco, das auf dem Album Out of the Dark (Into the Light) enthalten ist eines Spielfilms von Mike Leigh – siehe Nackt (1993) eines Buches von David Sedaris – siehe Nackt (Roman) Siehe auch:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • naked — [adj1] without covering au naturel, bald, bare, bared, bare skinned, barren, defenseless, denuded, disrobed, divested, exposed, helpless, in birthday suit*, in dishabille*, in the altogether*, in the buff*, in the raw*, leafless, natural, nude,… …   New thesaurus

  • naked of — ► naked of devoid of. Main Entry: ↑naked …   English terms dictionary

  • Naked —    Comédie dramatique de Mike Leigh, avec David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Claire Skinner.   Pays: Grande Bretagne   Date de sortie: 1993   Technique: couleurs   Durée: 2 h 06   Prix: Prix de la mise en scène, Cannes (1993)… …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films


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