naughty

adjective
naugh·​ty | \ ˈnȯ-tē How to pronounce naughty (audio) , ˈnä-\
naughtier; naughtiest

Definition of naughty

1a : guilty of disobedience or misbehavior a naughty child
b archaic : vicious in moral character : wicked
2 : lacking in taste or propriety No naughty jokes in front of the children, please!

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from naughty

naughtily \ ˈnȯ-​tə-​lē How to pronounce naughtily (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ adverb
naughtiness \ ˈnȯ-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce naughtiness (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for naughty

Synonyms

bad, contrary, errant, froward, misbehaving, mischievous

Antonyms

behaved, behaving, nice, orderly

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of naughty in a Sentence

She gave him a naughty smile. told her to act her age and stop throwing temper tantrums like a naughty little girl

Recent Examples on the Web

The lower voltage means less chance of electrocution if the wires are cut, by, say, a naughty squirrel. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "How outdoor lighting can make your yard an inviting living space," 29 Aug. 2019 Most of the group leans into the naughty nature of the invasive inquiries, but Amy is skeptical. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Dark Secrets at Book Club and a Deadly Wellness Retreat. 5 Unexpected Summer Thrillers," 25 July 2019 This includes a naughty sculpture that features the god Pan and a goat getting frisky. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Essential Arts: Fiery missives for Peter Zumthor and the architects of the Miracle Mile," 13 July 2019 Grace Jones is the naughty aunt who slips you a glass of wine while the family isn’t looking. Vogue, "How Nakhane, the South African Singer, Embraced His Queerness to Become an Unstoppable Force," 5 July 2019 Rue then proceeds to narrate an example of one such naughty scene, which is acted out on screen by animated versions of Styles and Tomlinson. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Euphoria': Louis Tomlinson says he didn't approve fake sex scene with Harry Styles," 1 July 2019 The computer marked it as a naughty word and substituted it with three hyphens. CBS News, ""Summa Cum Laude" cake censored by Publix grocery store," 23 May 2018 With the 76ers this season, Saric was called for five technical fouls — a sign, perhaps, of N.B.A. referees’ increased familiarity with naughty words in languages other than English. New York Times, "A Polyglot N.B.A. Swears by One Thing: That Call Was #@!&," 30 Apr. 2018 As noted, it's all worked quite well in the UK, where the show is naughtier, since broadcast content rules are less restrictive. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Love Island' washes up as tedious addition to reality dating tide," 9 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'naughty.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of naughty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for naughty

Middle English noughti, from nought

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about naughty

Statistics for naughty

Last Updated

12 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for naughty

The first known use of naughty was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for naughty

naughty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of naughty

: behaving badly
informal : relating to or suggesting sex in usually a playful way

naughty

adjective
naugh·​ty | \ ˈnȯ-tē How to pronounce naughty (audio) \
naughtier; naughtiest

Kids Definition of naughty

: behaving in a bad or improper way

Other Words from naughty

naughtily \ ˈnȯ-​tə-​lē \ adverb
naughtiness \ ˈnȯ-​tē-​nəs \ noun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on naughty

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with naughty

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for naughty

Spanish Central: Translation of naughty

Nglish: Translation of naughty for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of naughty for Arabic Speakers

Comments on naughty

What made you want to look up naughty? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!