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[naw-tee] /ˈnɔ ti/
adjective, naughtier, naughtiest.
disobedient; mischievous (used especially in speaking to or about children):
Weren't we naughty not to eat our spinach?
improper, tasteless, indecorous, or indecent:
a naughty word.
Obsolete. wicked; evil.
Origin of naughty
1350-1400; Middle English; see naught, -y1
Related forms
naughtily, adverb
naughtiness, noun
1. willful, wayward, misbehaving. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for naughty
  • The majority of people engage in a significant amount of naughty behavior.
  • By admitting and then renouncing such naughty tendencies, miracles can be accomplished.
  • What does it for me is that impish, slightly naughty look in the eye sockets.
  • Kate, who looked stunning and toned from her training, was dressed in a revealing naughty nurse's outfit.
  • It could come in handy, and do a good job in a naughty world.
  • With it, the group can detect patterns of sleaze and curses and spotlight advertisers who buy on naughty shows.
  • Each one has a personality or a temperament and the traits that are coming through are naughty, sweet, tender and punchy.
  • naughty boys antisocial behaviour, adhd and the role of culture.
British Dictionary definitions for naughty


adjective -tier, -tiest
(esp of children or their behaviour) mischievous or disobedient; bad
mildly indecent; titillating
noun (pl) -ties
(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 naughty

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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