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butt naked

slang Entirely nude, especially in others' view. Possibly a variation of "buck naked," though both mean the same and are correct in use. My roommate is so embarrassing, always walking around the house butt naked!
See also: butt, naked

half-naked

Partially undressed. The phrase is sometimes used hyperbolically by someone who considers another's attire not conservative enough. Thinking only my mom was outside, I came out of the dressing room half-naked and, to my horror, saw some older girls from school. You can't wear shorts like that to church, you look half-naked! Go change right now!

buck naked

slang Entirely nude, especially in others' view. My roommate is so embarrassing, always walking around the house buck naked!
See also: buck, naked

stark naked

Completely naked. I keep having the dream where I walk into my classroom and realize I've forgotten my homework—and that I'm stark naked! We've all come into this world the hard way—stark naked and screaming!
See also: naked, stark

the naked eye

Normal vision that has not been enhanced or augmented in any way. Because bacteria are invisible to the naked eye, it was only relatively recently in human history that we even became aware of their existence. The fine print is so tiny, you can barely make it out with the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

the naked truth

The total, unembellished, and unaltered truth. Used especially to something that someone may consider unpleasant or offensive. While they were created with good intentions, the naked truth is that these policies have set back our economic recovery by at least another five years.
See also: naked, truth

as naked as the day (one) was born

slang Completely nude; without any clothes on whatsoever. My roommate is so embarrassing, always walking around the house naked as the day he was born! We have an adorable video of you when you were about two years old, running around the back yard as naked as the day you were born!
See also: born, naked

(as) naked as a jaybird

slang Completely nude; without any clothes on whatsoever. My roommate is so embarrassing, always walking around the house naked as a jaybird! We have an adorable video of you when you were about two years old, running around the back yard as naked as a jaybird!
See also: jaybird, naked

get naked

1. To take all of one's clothing off so that one is nude. That's what skinny-dipping means—you have to get naked!
2. slang To do something enjoyable and/or relaxing; to let loose and have a good time. (Doing so does not usually entail being naked, despite the wording of the phrase.) It's been such a long week—let's just get naked tonight.
See also: get, naked

*naked as a jaybird

Cliché naked; bare. (*Also: as ~.) Two-year-old Matilda escaped from her nurse, who was bathing her, and ran out naked as a jaybird into the dining room. Uncle John sometimes spends a whole day walking around his house as naked as a jaybird.
See also: jaybird, naked

*naked eye

the human eye, unassisted by optics, such as a telescope, microscope, or spectacles. (*Typically: appear to ~; look to ~; see with ~; visible to~.) I can't see the bird's markings with the naked eye. The scientist could see nothing in the liquid with the naked eye, but with the aid of a microscope, she identified the bacteria. That's how it appears to the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

naked truth

the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it's the naked truth. I can take it. Just tell me the naked truth.
See also: naked, truth

with the naked eye

with eyes that are not aided by telescopes, microscopes, or binoculars. The moon is quite visible with the naked eye. Bacteria are too small to be seen with the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

naked as a jaybird

Bare, unclothed, as in I came straight out of the shower, naked as a jaybird. This simile replaced the 19th-century naked as a robin and is equally unclear, since neither bird is normally stripped of its feathers. Further, the bird it refers to is more often called simply "jay" rather than "jaybird," yet the latter is always part of the simile. [c. 1940]
See also: jaybird, naked

naked eye

Sight unassisted by an instrument such as a microscope or telescope. For example, These insects are too small to be seen with the naked eye. This expression was first recorded in 1664.
See also: eye, naked

naked truth

Plain unadorned facts, without concealment or embellishment. For example, What I've told you is the naked truth. This expression supposedly alludes to a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing, Falsehood then dressed in Truth's clothes, and Truth, refusing to take another's clothes, went naked. [Late 1500s]
See also: naked, truth

the naked eye

COMMON If something can be seen with the naked eye, you can see it without the help of equipment such as a telescope or microscope. These green insects, just visible to the naked eye, are generally found on the under side of the leaves. Enough light gets through space for us to see thousands of stars with the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

the naked truth

the plain truth, without concealment or embellishment.
This phrase may originally have developed as a translation of the Latin phrase nudaque veritas , found in Horace's Odes, or to any of various fables that personify Truth as a naked woman in contrast to the elaborate dress and artifice of Falsehood.
See also: naked, truth

the naked ˈeye

the normal power of your eyes without the help of an instrument: Bacteria are invisible to the naked eye.
See also: eye, naked

the naked ˈtruth

the truth, which may be unpleasant: If you want the naked truth about it, he’ll certainly give it to you!
See also: naked, truth

stark ˈnaked

(British English) (American English buck ˈnaked) completely naked: He always walks around his apartment buck naked.
See also: naked, stark

butt naked

mod. totally nude. (Mildly objectionable.) I was butt naked in the shower and couldn’t get the phone.
See also: butt, naked

get naked

in. to enjoy oneself thoroughly; to relax and enjoy oneself. Let’s all go out and get naked tonight.
See also: get, naked

naked

mod. undiluted; having to do with neat liquor, especially gin. (see also raw.) No ice, please. I want mine naked.

naked truth

n. the complete, unembellished truth. Sorry to put it to you like this, but it’s the naked truth.
See also: naked, truth

naked as a jaybird

Nude. This expression is definitely American in origin, but the simile is as puzzling as the older British naked as a robin. Neither bird is very plain in appearance (“bare”). It appears in print with some frequency from the mid-twentieth century on. For example, D. Delman used it in Sudden Death (1972): “The corpus was as naked as a jaybird.”
See also: jaybird, naked

naked truth

The plain unvarnished facts. Allegedly this term came from a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing. Falsehood finished first and dressed in Truth’s garments, whereupon Truth, unwilling to take Falsehood’s clothes, went naked. Appealing as this tale may be, the image of unvarnished truth is not that exotic. Tennyson used it in Idylls of the King: “Mere white truth in simple nakedness.” William Safire pointed out that in the 1970s it was a favorite term with journalists, who thus contributed to its survival.
See also: naked, truth

naked as a jaybird

Stark naked. Why, of all ornithological species, should a jaybird be singled out for its nudity? One explanation is that “jay” was a 19th-century word for a country bumpkin, and since bumpkins were vulnerable to the wiles of others, a jaybird would be vulnerable indeed.
See also: jaybird, naked
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