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!

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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

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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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Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Glamour, "Tucker Carlson Said Furious Women Should Watch Him. Here’s What I See.," 19 Mar. 2019 The bedside lamps were shackled to the walls—a naughty touch. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Singapore," 28 Feb. 2018 There, things took a more titillating turn and revelers ended the evening with an ideal balance of naughty and nice. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York Botanical Garden Hosts Its 20th Annual Winter Wonderland Ball," 17 Dec. 2018 Children leave a shoe on the windowsill each night between December 11th and the 24th, and the next morning the good ones find candy or a small gift inside, while naughty ones are supposed to get a rotten potato. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Ancient Magic of Elves," 21 Dec. 2018 The most magical part of the book, illustrating Vo’s innate sense of story, is the separate tale of a child’s naughty behavior that is followed by connection and kindness. Marisha Pessl, New York Times, "Screams. Tears. Meltdowns. New Picture Books Let Bad Behavior Fly, With Just a Bit of Advice," 6 June 2018 Turns out she’s Lady Vernon, the widow of a British industrialist named Sir Michael Vernon—and a crew favorite, due to her naughty wit. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 The adorable plush reindeer also comes with his own Christmas story, but this one is about celebrating our differences versus judging actions as naughty or nice. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This New "Reindeer in Here" Toy Is the More Positive Version of Your Christmas Elf," 23 Oct. 2018 The clothes turned out much like Smith herself, girly and a little naughty. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ashley Smith is Not a Poser," 21 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of naughty

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

History and Etymology for naughty

Middle English noughti, from nought

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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

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