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!

Other Words from naughty

naughtily \ ˈnȯ-​tə-​lē How to pronounce naughty (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ adverb
naughtiness \ ˈnȯ-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce naughty (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web According to the holiday tradition, the elves hide in homes for weeks before Christmas and report back to Santa on who’s been naughty and nice. NBC News, 9 Nov. 2021 When kids go to sleep, the elves buzz back to the North Pole and report on who has been naughty or nice and then return, by morning, to a new spot in the home. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 There are other candidates, including Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen), Shiv’s sycophantic, tortured husband, who also works at Waystar, and Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron), a general counsel with a naughty side. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 For many years, masks were on the naughty list in the handbook’s section 20.6.25, right up there with debutante balls (oh, the horror) and exercise programs that seemed to give a pass to immodest dress or too-twerky song lyrics. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Oct. 2021 Hotels routinely offer the same billing discretion for guests who watch naughty pay-per-view movies in their rooms. Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and their friends and relatives explore their naughty side at Chicago’s Leather Archives. Doug George,, 4 Aug. 2021 This new not-so-naughty Fergie, however, hopes to sell a lot of books. Misan Harriman, Town & Country, 26 July 2021 Putting Australia firmly on the naughty step, China has blocked a raft of Australian exports to China, the unlucky country’s biggest trading partner. The Economist, 8 May 2021

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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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29 Nov 2021

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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 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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