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Re: Buck naked

Posted by ESC on April 10, 2003

In Reply to: Re: BUCK NAKED posted by bella on April 10, 2003

: : WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS? AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM AND WHY?

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: Now we're just getting silly. A buck, as in a male deer, hardly gets dressed up in a white tie to match his tail. Its origin is likely some storyteller's attempt at visual description, at a guess to draw a laugh from his audience.
: If this was a valid question, I apologize.

BUCK NAKED - adjective. Also buck-ass naked, buck-born ~, stark buck ~. Origin uncertain, but perhaps alteration of butt/buttocks. Entirely unclothed.
From "Dictionary of American Regional English," Volume 1 by Frederic G. Cassidy (1985, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England).