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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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 Peter Parker is defined by his sincere do-gooder nature; Tony Stark typically did the right thing, but always with a naughty wink. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 Quick bite of roast beef, with a naughty side of French fries. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How a Cruise Helped Me Kick a 30-Year Smoking Habit," 26 Jan. 2018 First up, Zellweger slinks across the frame as a sinister venture capitalist in the Netflix limited series, What/If, a throwback to the naughty erotic dramas of the 1980s and '90s. Amy Nicholson, Town & Country, "What/If Made Renée Zellweger "Uncomfortable" And She Loved It," 24 May 2019 Part of the books’ appeal lies in Laura’s perspective: the plainer, naughtier sister, with a temper and selfish impulses—a child with whom any reader can identify. Valeria Luiselli, The New York Review of Books, "Claire Messud," 21 Mar. 2019 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

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

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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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