naughty

adjective naugh·ty \ ˈnȯ-tē , ˈnä- \

Definition of naughty

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of naughty

Middle English noughti, from nought


NAUGHTY Defined for English Language Learners

naughty

adjective

Definition of naughty for English Language Learners

  • : behaving badly

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


NAUGHTY Defined for Kids

naughty

adjective naugh·ty \ ˈnȯ-tē \

Definition of naughty for Students

naughtier; naughtiest
:behaving in a bad or improper way

naughtily

\ˈnȯ-tə-lē\ adverb

naughtiness

\ˈnȯ-tē-nəs\ noun


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