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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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
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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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7 Jul 2020

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“Naughty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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