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naughty

[naw-tee] /ˈnɔ ti/
adjective, naughtier, naughtiest.
1.
disobedient; mischievous (used especially in speaking to or about children):
Weren't we naughty not to eat our spinach?
2.
improper, tasteless, indecorous, or indecent:
a naughty word.
3.
Obsolete. wicked; evil.
Origin of naughty
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see naught, -y1
Related forms
naughtily, adverb
naughtiness, noun
Synonyms
1. willful, wayward, misbehaving.
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  • Johnny, her little companion in naughtiness, escaped without so much as a sore throat; but he suffered in another way.

  • We know our vulgarity and the naughtiness of our own hearts.

  • Of course Martha thought it was naughtiness, and not misfortune—so you must not blame her.

  • How often Philippa worried her with her whims and naughtiness, and yet how patient and good she was!

  • She clung to him like a child wearied with its own naughtiness.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Well, they have to suffer for their own naughtiness, and that does grieve me!

    The Twin Cousins Sophie May
  • But, on the evening to which I have referred, I was a good boy having expended my naughtiness during the day.

British Dictionary definitions for naughtiness

naughty

/ˈnɔːtɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
(esp of children or their behaviour) mischievous or disobedient; bad
2.
mildly indecent; titillating
noun (pl) -ties
3.
(Austral & NZ, slang) an act of sexual intercourse
Derived Forms
naughtily, adverb
naughtiness, noun
Word Origin
C14 (originally: needy, of poor quality): from naught
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Word Origin and History for naughtiness

naughty

adj.

late 14c., naugti "needy, having nothing," from Old English nawiht (see naught) + -y (2). Sense of "wicked, evil, morally wrong" is attested from 1520s; specific meaning "sexually promiscuous" is from 1869. The more tame main modern sense of "disobedient" (especially of children) is attested from 1630s. Related: Naughtily; naughtiness. A woman of bad character c.1530-1750 might be called a naughty pack (also sometimes of men and later of children).

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