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"Look at that woman! Beneath her dress she's stark naked!"

"The English language, with its elaborate generosity, distinguishes between the naked and the nude."--The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form (1956) by Kenneth Clark

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Naked means not wearing any clothes. Metaphorically it can be used to denote something glib, without decoration, put bluntly (as in the naked truth).


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”), and ultimately with Latin nūdus, Ancient Greek γυμνός (gymnós), Sanskrit नग्न (nagna), Avestan maġna, Old Armenian մերկ (merk). Related also to Old English nacian (“to strip of clothes, undress”). More at nake.

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