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"I'll go starkers before I put that on" (GF10)

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Stark naked.

 

More generally, tacking -ers or -er onto the ends of shortened forms of words to make slang equivalents was originally school slang at Rugby, and in the fullness of time Oxford as the students who spoke such slang got older and went to university, then later seeped into the general public. The word 'soccer' is an example of one such slang word that seeped into general use (NSOED).

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