Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He was naked save for a linen under shirt and pair of woollen drawers.

In "Lear," Shakespeare was intent on expressing his own disillusion and naked misery.

The people will see beneath the false pretense the bare, naked facts.

Simba accepted the glasses, but first took a good look with the naked eye.

His shirt and hand, and even his naked arm, were stained and blotched with blood.

The naked flats were very wide, and we sallied out, with the bridge as our guide.

Commerce, better than Charity, feeds the hungry and clothes the naked.

Life's naked brutalities had theretofore been largely out of his ken.

He slipped the cloak from his shoulders and stood like Lorenzi, lean and naked.

On their skin you cannot even distinguish the circulating veins with the naked eye.


Old English nacod "nude, bare; empty," also "not fully clothed," from Proto-Germanic *nakwathaz (cf. Old Frisian nakad, Middle Dutch naket, Dutch naakt, Old High German nackot, German nackt, Old Norse nökkviðr, Old Swedish nakuþer, Gothic naqaþs "naked"), from PIE root *nogw- "naked" (cf. Sanskrit nagna, Hittite nekumant-, Old Persian *nagna-, Greek gymnos, Latin nudus, Lithuanian nuogas, Old Church Slavonic nagu-, Russian nagoi, Old Irish 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":

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.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.