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

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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 Instead, this slightly naughty family comedy gets a mild lift from its casting, starting with Robert De Niro as the aforementioned grandpa, who has the audacity to move into his 12-year-old grandson's room. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The War With Grandpa' showcases Robert De Niro in a light family comedy," 9 Oct. 2020 And yes, there's a Pandora's box of naughty-but-nice options for your significant other. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "25 Amazon Gift Ideas for Her That Are Surprisingly Chic," 2 Oct. 2020 In that time, the parrots learned a few naughty words and even learned to say these words and start laughing. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Quarantined Birds in Wildlife Park Are Put in Time Out for Swearing and Laughing at Visitors," 30 Sep. 2020 In many European countries, including Held’s native Germany, Krampus is the disciplinary counterpart to St. Nicholas who visits the homes of naughty children on Dec. 5. oregonlive, "Once a church, the Devil-ish Little Things Museum now houses a wicked collection," 28 Sep. 2020 So put her in naughty situations and period costumes and there aren't enough fire emojis to describe it. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The 57 Most Graphic and Gorgeous Sex Scenes on TV," 24 Sep. 2020 Telling on naughty kids to their unsuspecting parents, for example. Jakki Kerubo, Longreads, "American Tests," 10 Aug. 2020 Again, Megan finds creative ways to paint a picture of the hot girl lifestyle, including a naughty reference to the anime Naruto that her fans are enjoying. Marcus Jones,, "Megan Thee Stallion pays homage to Eazy-E with new single 'Girls in the Hood'," 26 June 2020 That was the quickest way to end up on Jordan's naughty list. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "'The Last Dance' winners, losers: Michael Jordan, Jerry Krause, Isiah Thomas and memes lead way," 18 May 2020

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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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23 Oct 2020

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“Naughty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce naughty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of naughty

: behaving badly
informal : 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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