naugh·ty | \ˈnȯ-tē, ˈnä-\
naughtier; naughtiest

Definition of naughty 

1a 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!

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Other Words from naughty

naughtily \ˈnȯ-tə-lē, ˈnä- \ adverb
naughtiness \ˈnȯ-tē-nəs, ˈnä- \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for naughty


bad, contrary, errant, froward, misbehaving, mischievous


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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After all, his perpetrator, opener Devin Dawson, has had a few naughty tricks up his sleeve. Nancy Kruh,, "Devin Dawson Goes Easy on Brett Eldredge with End of Tour Prank: 'We May Have to Up the Ante' Next Time," 21 June 2018 The abbreviation of the plays is more noticeable in the second part, which continues the contrapuntal movement between drama and comedy, royal duty and naughty frivolity. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 Stuffed with talented, beautiful women playing naughty, this is the latest addition to the cycle that was once about an improbably suave thief, Danny Ocean (George Clooney), and his mostly male band of charming accomplices. Gary Ross, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Women Walk Away With a Male Franchise. Sort Of.," 5 June 2018 This week, pests, sewage and spoiled food leave local restaurants on city health inspectors' naughty list. Carolina Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurant inspection citations for the week of (May 29- June 5)," 5 June 2018 Neither is a 74-year-old man using a naughty word at the Tony Awards. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Say No to Civility," 27 June 2018 The agent responds as if Peter has proposed doing something naughty with the hors d’oeuvres. Gregory Leon Miller,, "‘Some Trick: Thirteen Stories,’ by Helen DeWitt," 7 June 2018 Fair warning, though; when using any kind of Ipsum engine, check that nobody has inserted anything inappropriate for your audience (jokes, naughty words, etc.). Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Mr. Marketing: A tastier Lorem Ipsum text," 14 June 2018 Does the basket keep a list of who's naughty and who's nice, like a metal Santa Claus? Bill Livingston,, "The ball's truths, the whims of the rim, and the NBA basketball gods: Bill Livingston," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of naughty

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

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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English Language Learners Definition of naughty

: behaving badly

: relating to or suggesting sex in usually a playful way


naugh·ty | \ˈnȯ-tē \
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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