Definition of naughty
1a archaic : vicious in moral character : wickedb : guilty of disobedience or misbehavior a naughty child
2 : lacking in taste or propriety No naughty jokes in front of the children, please!
naughtilyplay \ˈnȯ-tə-lē, ˈnä-\ adverb
naughtinessplay \ˈnȯ-tē-nəs, ˈnä-\ 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
Recent Examples of naughty from the Web
What works: The cast is a strong one, and there are naughty laughs to be had.
A varied program ranging from naughty animation to a viral-video gem, the presentation likely contains an Oscar contender or two; supporters of shorts-in-cinemas efforts will be happy to have bought a ticket.
Mila then claims Ashton is going to get laid for saying that, or at least get something that was naughty enough to be bleeped.
This low-budget 1988 horror comedy is presented in an uncut version that restores two minutes of especially naughty bits.
In Cygnet Theatre’s enormously creative venture into the bizarro world, a string of naughty children gets what’s coming to them.
Other yuks fall into the category of mildly naughty Dad Jokes, and include a ribald misinterpretation of the word horologist.
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Klein’s review begins: Patrick J. Buchanan is a merry troglodyte, a naughty provocateur.
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Origin and Etymology of naughty
Middle English noughti, from nought
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
NAUGHTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of naughty for English Language Learners
: behaving badly
: relating to or suggesting sex in usually a playful way
NAUGHTY Defined for Kids
Definition of naughty for Students
: behaving in a bad or improper way
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