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naughty

[naw-tee]
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adjective, naugh·ti·er, naugh·ti·est.
  1. disobedient; mischievous (used especially in speaking to or about children): Weren't we naughty not to eat our spinach?
  2. improper, tasteless, indecorous, or indecent: a naughty word.
  3. Obsolete. wicked; evil.
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Origin of naughty

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at naught, -y1
Related formsnaugh·ti·ly, adverbnaugh·ti·ness, noun

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1. willful, wayward, misbehaving.
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Examples from the Web for naughtier

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  • You said just now I was naughtier than both of them put together.

  • She was angered by him; she was in the mood to make herself seem all the rougher, fiercer, naughtier, and more callous.

    Under Two Flags

    Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]

  • The youngish men there found him interesting, and liked to shock him with tales of naughty London and naughtier Paris.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • He was very much ashamed of himself, and felt all the naughtier; as little boys do when they have done wrong and won't say so.

    The Water-Babies

    Charles Kingsley

  • To which my husband—at that time a teasing schoolboy—retorted, "One is naughtier than another."


British Dictionary definitions for naughtier

naughty

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. (esp of children or their behaviour) mischievous or disobedient; bad
  2. mildly indecent; titillating
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noun plural -ties
  1. Australian and NZ slang an act of sexual intercourse
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Derived Formsnaughtily, adverbnaughtiness, noun

Word Origin

C14 (originally: needy, of poor quality): from naught
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Word Origin and History for naughtier

naughty

adj.

late 14c., naugti "needy, having nothing," from Old English nawiht (see naught) + -y (2). Sense of "wicked, evil, morally wrong" is attested from 1520s; specific meaning "sexually promiscuous" is from 1869. The more tame main modern sense of "disobedient" (especially of children) is attested from 1630s. Related: Naughtily; naughtiness. A woman of bad character c.1530-1750 might be called a naughty pack (also sometimes of men and later of children).

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