Is there single word in Japanese used for '(fully) clothed' or 'decent'? As in, 'OK, you can come in, I'm decent now' or 'At least one of the kids is (fully) clothed (or dressed).' Of course one can express this meaning with something like 服を着ている, but I just wondered if there is an actual adjective or noun which is an of opposite of 裸 or 裸体?

I tried a brief search of a couple online EJ dictionaries and looking for 対義語 of 裸・裸体 without a clear answer. The most relevant thing I found is this EJ item for decent which lists as entries 1 and 5:


5 ((略式))人前に出られる[見苦しくない]服装をした.

Entry 1 words seem rather general to me--they are not typically used in the sense I am looking for, correct? Entry 5 seems to be close in meaning for what I'm looking for, but is a long phrase.

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    For "Are you decent?" I think we just say like 入ってもいい?...
    – chocolate
    Aug 3, 2015 at 9:27
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    I'm non-native, and this would most surely be slangy at best, but "ちゃんとした" comes to mind. I think that might extend beyond being "fully clothed" to being "presentable to the outside world with regard to hair / shoes / belt / tie / jacket / etc." It's about showing respect for other people by having a decent appearance when you leave home (I think). My sense is that that's why you "ちゃんとする". As I'm non-native, definitely ask a native about "ちゃんとする".
    – david.t
    Aug 4, 2015 at 3:08
  • @choco and David_W, Just in case this was unclear, I'm not asking about what types of things one can say in this situation. I am specifically asking if there is antonym of 裸 (which one could preferably use in the example situations). Most nouns I can think of that describe a state have antonyms (or quasi-antonyms), and I was just wondering, if you have a group of people, some of whom are clothed and some unclothed, can you describe this with antonyms in Japanese?
    – Kimball
    Aug 4, 2015 at 4:03
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    「着替え終わった?入るよ」 ← アニメで聞いたような気がします
    – Yang Muye
    Aug 4, 2015 at 13:34
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    In that case how about 「服着てる?」 (この映画では冗談っぽく「裸じゃない?」って訳されてますけど youtu.be/Wy5-w4RPVy8?t=43 )
    – chocolate
    Aug 4, 2015 at 15:22

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身なり」 is a noun meaning "clothed appearance." English phrases like "dress neatly" or "tidy oneself up" can be translated as


in Japanese.

"OK, you can come in, I'm decent now." could be said




However, 「身なりを整える」 sounds somewhat formal. So, the example expressions which other users have suggested in the comments are more common in casual conversations.

In [浴衣]{ゆかた} and [着物]{きもの} dress worlds, 「[着姿]{きすがた}」 is a noun meaning "dressed appearance." But this word seems not to fit your context.

Sometimes, [着衣]{ちゃくい} is used as an antonym of 裸 in some contexts, although the official antonym of 着衣 is 脱衣. In the porn world, 着衣 seems to be an antonym of 全裸. However, 着衣 itself is a formal word. "Fully-clothed swimming" is called 着衣水泳 or 着衣泳 in Japanese. Anyway, 着衣 may be too formal to fit your context, but it's a possible word in some situations.

In colloquial Japanese, many people use 「[見]{み}せられる[格好]{かっこう}」 to express a clothed appearance. For example,

(knock, knock)

Clothed [涼太]{りょうた}「[美咲]{みさき}ちゃん、[迎]{むか}えに[来]{き}たよ。ドア[開]{あ}けて。」

Half-naked [美咲]{みさき}「あ〜〜まだ、[見]{み}せられる[格好]{かっこう}してない。ちょっと[待]{ま}って。」

Clothed 涼太「いいよ、[俺]{おれ}、そーゆーの[気]{き}にしないから。[開]{あ}けて。」

Half-naked 美咲「わたし、[気]{き}にするから。もうちょっとだけ[待]{ま}って。」

「[人様]{ひとさま}に[見]{み}せられる[格好]{かっこう}ではない」 is a common phrase of 見せられる格好. Tweets on Twitter may not be good examples of it, but, people use this phrase like these: tweets containing 見せられる格好.

「見せられない格好」 can mean not only [裸]{はだか}, but also various embarrassing appearances. So, 見せられ格好 is not a perfect opposite of 裸. But the expression 見せられる格好 may be useful in some situations in real life.

Clothed / Unclothed Group of People

I think that there are many words which can be antonyms or quasi-antonyms of 「裸の[人々]{ひとびと}」 in various contexts.

When a noun is used to describe a group of clothed people, what kind of clothes the people wear is usually specified in Japanese. For example,

[普段着]{ふだんぎ}の人々/ [正装]{せいそう}の人々 / [制服]{せいふく}の人々 /

[和服]{わふく}の人々 / [洋服]{ようふく}の人々 /

[厚着]{あつぎ}の人々 / [薄着]{うすぎ}の人々 / [半袖]{はんそで}の人々 / [青]{あお}い[服]{ふく}の人々 etc.

Hope that helps.

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