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 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 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 For all its naughty set-dressing, Seven Deadly Sins belongs more to this $25 burger version of the city than the world of the Mineshaft and Florent. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 30 June 2021 The Parent Trap, Hayley Mills played a pair of naughty twins in the original film of the same name, which premiered 60 years ago this week. Rosy Cordero,, 23 June 2021 Founded in 1977 as a store where men could feel comfortable shopping for lingerie, even the name referred to male fantasies of prim Victorian ladies who became naughty in the boudoir. New York Times, 16 June 2021 Better to write to your list and check it twice, especially since Gemini season is always a wild mix of naughty and nice. Gala Mukomolova,, 31 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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30 Sep 2021

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“Naughty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 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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