Public vs Streaker - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between public and streaker

is that public is the people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group while streaker is person who runs naked through a public place as a form of devilment.

As a adjective public

is able to be seen or known by everyone; open to general view, happening without concealment.



(wikipedia public)

Alternative forms

* publick, publicke, publique (all obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • Able to be seen or known by everyone; open to general view, happening without concealment.
  • * 2011 , Sandra Laville, The Guardian , 18 Apr 2011:
  • Earlier this month Godwin had to make a public apology to the family of Daniel Morgan after the collapse of a £30m inquiry into his murder in 1987.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-28, author=(Joris Luyendijk)
  • , volume=189, issue=3, page=21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Our banks are out of control , passage=Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. When a series of bank failures made this impossible, there was widespread anger, leading to the public humiliation of symbolic figures.}}
  • Pertaining to all the people as a whole (as opposed a private group); concerning the whole country, community etc.
  • * 2010 , Adam Vaughan, The Guardian , 16 Sep 2010:
  • A mere 3% of the more than 1,000 people interviewed said they actually knew what the conference was about. It seems safe to say public awareness of the Convention on Biological Awareness in Nagoya - and its goal of safeguarding wildlife - is close to non-existent.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-05-17, author=George Monbiot, authorlink=George Monbiot
  • , title=Money just makes the rich suffer, volume=188, issue=23, page=19 , magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) citation , passage=In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […]  The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra-wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.}}
  • Officially representing the community; carried out or funded by the state on behalf of the community.
  • * , chapter=22
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.}}
  • * 2004 , The Guardian , Leader, 18 Jun 2004:
  • But culture's total budget is a tiny proportion of all public spending; it is one of the government's most visible success stories.
  • Open to all members of a community; especially, provided by national or local authorities and supported by money from taxes.
  • * 2011 , David Smith, The Guardian , 10 May 2011:
  • Some are left for dead on rubbish tips, in refuge bags or at public toilets.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.}}
  • (of a company) Traded publicly via a stock market.
  • Antonyms

    * private

    Derived terms

    * go public * in public * initial public offering * public address system * public assistance * public domain * public eye * public figure * public good * public health * Public Health System * public holiday * public house * public intellectual * public interest * public intoxication * public key * public law * public leaning post * public library * Public Limited Liability Company * public office * public policy * public-private partnership * public property * public school * public servant * public service * public speaking * public transportation * public works * publican * publically * publicly held * publicness


    (en noun)
  • The people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group.
  • Members of the public may not proceed beyond this point.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=“Two or three months more went by?; the public were eagerly awaiting the arrival of this semi-exotic claimant to an English peerage, and sensations, surpassing those of the Tichbourne case, were looked forward to with palpitating interest. […]”}}
  • * 2007 May 4, Martin Jacques,
  • Bush and Blair stand condemned by their own publics and face imminent political extinction.
  • (archaic) A public house; an inn.
  • (Sir Walter Scott)

    Usage notes

    * Although generally considered uncountable, this noun does also have countable usage, as in the quotation above.

    Derived terms

    * antipublic * general public * * public relations * public-spirited






    (en noun)
  • Person who runs naked through a public place as a form of devilment.
  • Anagrams