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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Unclothe \Un*clothe"\, v. t. [1st pref. un- + clothe.] To strip of clothes or covering; to make naked.
--I. Watts.

[We] do groan being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon.
--2 Cor. v. 4.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, uncloþe (transitive), from un- (2) "opposite of" + clothe (v.). Reflexive sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Unclothed; unclothing.


vb. (context transitive English) To strip of clothes or covering; to make naked.

  1. v. strip; "unclothe your heart of envy"

  2. take the covers off; "She unclothed her innermost feelings"

  3. get undressed; "please don't undress in front of everybody!"; "She strips in front of strangers every night for a living" [syn: undress, discase, uncase, strip, strip down, disrobe, peel] [ant: dress, dress]

  4. [also: unclad]

Usage examples of "unclothe".

Over the years he came to resemble a high hill covered in grass and shrubs and stunted trees, with here and there a portion of scale showing through, and the colossal head entirely emergent, unclothed by vegetation, engaging everything that passed before him with huge, slit-pupiled golden eyes, exerting a malefic influence over the events that flowed around him, twisting them into shapes that conformed to the cruel designs his discarnate intellect delighted in the weaving of and profited his vengeful will.

This was so - so indecent, so improper to watch an unclothed man attend to his toiletries.

This unclothed man in front of her set her heart to hammering, and a strange, sweet sensation coursed through her.

Even unclothed, he looked as sleek and as dangerous as a crouching panther.

No man had ever looked at her unclothed and certainly not with such fiery intimacy.

He had seen her once one might say in extremis, one night unclothed, now face to face across a truckle bed.

She remembered Will again then, and the beauty of his small, slim body, pale but muscular, and hoped the magistrate, unclothed, would not be completely vile.

In other houses women are at their toilet, blackening their teeth before circular metal mirrors placed in folding stands on the mats, or performing ablutions, unclothed to the waist.

Few of the men wore anything but the maro, the women were unclothed to their waists and such clothing as they had was very dirty, and held together by mere force of habit.

In such civilised circumstances it was curious to see two or four brown skinned men pulling the carts, and quite often a man and his wife--the man unclothed, and the woman unclothed to her waist-- doing the same.

The houses were alive with unclothed children, and as I repassed in the evening unclothed men and women, nude to their waists, were sitting outside their dwellings with the small fry, clothed only in amulets, about them, several big yellow dogs forming part of each family group, and the faces of dogs, children, and people were all placidly contented!

Their skins are as swarthy as those of Bedaween, their foreheads comparatively low, their eyes far more deeply set their stature lower, their hair yet more abundant, the look of wistful melancholy more marked, and two, who were unclothed for hard work in fashioning a canoe, were almost entirely covered with short, black hair, specially thick on the shoulders and back, and so completely concealing the skin as to reconcile one to the lack of clothing.

No man should spy upon a lady unclothed, and then make vulgar comments.

Certainly not two unclothed, panting people trying not to touch each other.

Ahlgren Manor so unclothed, and certainly not when you left the village in my escort.