naughty

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adjective naugh·ty \ˈnȯ-tē, ˈnä-\

Definition of naughty

naughtier

naughtiest

  1. 1 a archaic :  vicious in moral character :  wicked b :  guilty of disobedience or misbehavior

  2. 2 :  lacking in taste or propriety

naughtily

play \ˈnȯ-tə-lē, ˈnä-\ adverb

naughtiness

play \ˈnȯ-tē-nəs, ˈnä-\ noun

Examples of naughty in a sentence

  1. She gave him a naughty smile.

  2. <told her to act her age and stop throwing temper tantrums like a naughty little girl>

Origin and Etymology of naughty

Middle English noughti, from nought


First Known Use: 14th century


NAUGHTY Defined for English Language Learners

naughty

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adjective naugh·ty \ˈnȯ-tē, ˈnä-\

Definition of naughty for English Language Learners

  • : behaving badly

  • : relating to or suggesting sex in usually a playful way


NAUGHTY Defined for Kids

naughty

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adjective naugh·ty \ˈnȯ-tē\

Definition of naughty for Students

naughtier

naughtiest

  1. :  behaving in a bad or improper way

naughtily

\ˈnȯ-tə-lē\ adverb

naughtiness

\ˈnȯ-tē-nəs\ noun


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