naughtiness

naughty

[naw-tee]
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:
1350–1400; Middle English; see naught, -y1

naughtily, adverb
naughtiness, noun


1. willful, wayward, misbehaving.
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naughty (ˈnɔːtɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  (esp of children or their behaviour) mischievous or disobedient; bad
2.  mildly indecent; titillating
 
n , -tier, -tiest, -ties
3.  slang (Austral), (NZ) an act of sexual intercourse
 
[C14 (originally: needy, of poor quality): from naught]
 
'naughtily
 
adv
 
'naughtiness
 
n

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naughty
late 14c., naugti "needy, having nothing," from O.E. nawiht (see naught). Sense of "wicked, evil, morally wrong" is attested from 1520s. The more tame main modern sense of "disobedient" (especially of children) is attested from 1630s. A woman of bad character c.1530-1750
might be called a naughty pack.
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