What is the original word of b*****k without asterisks? Context is "stark b*****k naked"

Are there any English language dictionaries where curse words with asterisks are listed?

  • I doubt that such disguised swear words appear in any dictionaries; it's assumed that you can guess what word is meant. Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 9:11

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I imagine it's meant to be the British English slang "stark bollock naked".

From Collins Dictionary

plural noun

A man's bollocks are his testicles.

[British, informal, rude]

  • I don't think you need 'stark'. I mean, it's optional. Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 8:25
  • In Lexico, "bollock-naked" has its own entry: lexico.com/definition/bollock-naked
    – rjpond
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 9:05
  • Multiple intensifiers are allowed. My father used to say that if he had to sit all the way through a George Formby film he would go 'stark, staring, raving mad'. This same phrase was used by the future Queen Mother in a letter to describe her joy at learning that her brother had not been killed in the battle of Loos in 1915. Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 9:29

It might be "buck", though, since the word isn't obscene, it seems a little precious not to spell it out:

American Heritage Dictionary "buck-naked"

adv. & adj. Chiefly Southern US
Without any clothes; nude.

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