adverb & adj. Chiefly Northern U.S.
With no clothes on.Regional Note:
The chiefly Northern U.S. expression bare-naked
illustrates the linguistic process of redundancy, not always acceptable in Standard English but productive in regional dialect speech. A redundant expression combines two words that mean the same thing, thereby intensifying the effect. The expression buck-naked,
used chiefly in the South Atlantic and Gulf states, is not as clear as bare-naked
with respect to its origin; buck
is possibly an alteration of butt,
“buttocks.” If so, bum-naked,
heard in various parts of the country, and bare-ass(ed),
attested especially in the Northeastern U.S., represent the same idea.