Posted by ESC on April 27, 2000
In Reply to: Buck Naked posted by L Fekete on April 27, 2000
: What is the origin of the expression "buck naked", and is that correct or is it "butt naked"? (My kids asked me and I had no clue. Thanks.)
I believe the original expression was "buck naked," but I don't know the origin. Maybe "buck" for young male Indian? If I find anything further, I'll post it. "Butt naked" is just a variation someone came up with. The "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, A-G" by J.E. Lighter lists "buck-a**ed naked" as another variation of the term. But you probably don't want your child to use that one.