naugh·​ty ˈnȯ-tē How to pronounce naughty (audio) ˈnä- How to pronounce naughty (audio)
naughtier; naughtiest
: guilty of disobedience or misbehavior
a naughty child
archaic : vicious in moral character : wicked
: lacking in taste or propriety
No naughty jokes in front of the children, please!
naughtily adverb
naughtiness noun

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
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Word History


Middle English noughti, from nought

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Naughty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


naugh·​ty ˈnȯt-ē How to pronounce naughty (audio)
naughtier; naughtiest
: behaving badly or improperly
naughtily adverb
naughtiness noun

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