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.

1350–1400; Middle English; see naught, -y1

naughtily, adverb
naughtiness, noun

1. willful, wayward, misbehaving. Unabridged
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The majority of people engage in a significant amount of naughty behavior.
By admitting and then renouncing such naughty tendencies, miracles can be
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.
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