Language tip of the week: bare synonyms

Posted by on May 30, 2013

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This week’s language tip helps with key adjectives and adverbs used to describe ‘not wearing any or a particular type of clothes’:

bare (adjective) a part of your body that is bare is not covered by any clothes. When someone is not wearing any clothes at all, they are naked or nude:
She wore a low-necked dress and her arms were bare. ♦ It’s better to do yoga in bare feet.
barefoot (adjective/adverb) without any shoes or socks on:
dancing barefoot in the sand

naked (adjective) not wearing any clothes:
a drawing of a naked woman
stark naked completely naked:
She stood there stark naked.
half-naked:
The half-naked body was found on the river bank.
naked to the waist not wearing clothes on the top part of the body
nude (adjective) not wearing clothes
in the nude (phrase) with no clothes on:
There were pictures of people in the nude.

undressed (adjective) not wearing any clothes
I was still undressed when the police rang the doorbell.
get undressed (phrase):
I got undressed and got into the bath.
topless (adjective) a woman who is topless is not wearing clothes on the upper part of her body:
a topless dancer
go topless (phrase):
I’d never go topless, not even on holiday.
full-frontal (adjective) shown or seen from the front, wearing no clothes:
a full-frontal view of a nude model

unclothed
(adjective; mainly literary) not wearing any clothing
au naturel (adverb; humorous) wearing no clothes:
sunbathing au naturel
a state of undress (phrase; formal) a state of not wearing any clothes, or wearing very few clothes
She found him in a state of undress.

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