Stark naked

Stark naked
Stark Stark (st[aum]rk), adv. Wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite; as, stark mad. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Held him strangled in his arms till he was stark dead. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

{Stark naked}, wholly naked; quite bare. [1913 Webster]

Strip your sword stark naked. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: According to Professor Skeat, ``stark-naked'' is derived from steort-naked, or start-naked, literally tail-naked, and hence wholly naked. If this etymology be true the preferable form is stark-naked. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • stark-naked — [stärk′nā′kid] adj. [altered (infl. by STARK) < ME stertnaked, lit., tail naked < stert < OE steort, tail, rump < IE * (s)terd : see START] absolutely naked …   English World dictionary

  • stark naked — ► stark naked completely naked. Main Entry: ↑stark …   English terms dictionary

  • stark naked — ADJ: ADJ after v, v link ADJ (emphasis) Someone who is stark naked is completely naked. All contestants competed stark naked …   English dictionary

  • stark-naked — /stahrk nay kid/, adj. absolutely naked. [1520 30; STARK + NAKED; r. start naked (start, ME; OE steort tail; c. D staart, OHG sterz, ON stertr)] * * * …   Universalium

  • stark-naked — /stak ˈneɪkəd/ (say stahk naykuhd) adjective completely naked. {stark + naked; replacing Middle English start naked (start from Old English steort tail) …   Australian English dictionary

  • stark naked — wearing nothing at all, naked as a jay bird, without a stitch of clothes on    The people on the beach were stark naked. They were members of a nudist colony …   English idioms

  • stark naked — completely naked. He walked into the room stark naked …   New idioms dictionary

  • stark naked — used for emphasizing that someone is not wearing any clothes at all The child was stark naked in the bathroom …   English dictionary

  • stark naked — naked as the day he was born, completely naked, buck naked …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stark naked — adjective Completely unclothed. See Also: stark nakedness, stark bollock naked …   Wiktionary

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