naughty

adjective
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

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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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 So the decision to avoid the naughty school-girl vibe was wise. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears is back on tour and you better believe she's here to work," 13 July 2018 Weekday afternoons, guides will show you around the factory, which includes laser-cutting machines, a take-apart room where humans check that pieces are fully separated, and the wall of shame - a photo collage of naughty dogs. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 After all, his perpetrator, opener Devin Dawson, has had a few naughty tricks up his sleeve. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "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, latimes.com, "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

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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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More Definitions for naughty

naughty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of naughty

: behaving badly

: relating to or suggesting sex in usually a playful way

naughty

adjective
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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