- disobedient; mischievous (used especially in speaking to or about children): Weren't we naughty not to eat our spinach?
- improper, tasteless, indecorous, or indecent: a naughty word.
- Obsolete. wicked; evil.
Origin of naughty
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Examples from the Web for naughtily
And it is not true, is it, that you naughtily assaulted a gentleman of the Court?Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
But you promise, when you revisit the library, not to behave so naughtily again?Bibliomania; or Book-Madness</p>
Thomas Frognall Dibdin
"It seems to me that you'd better read this yourself," she said, naughtily.Mr. Prohack</p>
E. Arnold Bennett
Out of doubt their clamours and stirs be to none other end, but to maintain more shamefully and naughtily ill-gotten things.The Apology of the Church of England
"It must be a relief to find we don't squint or hobble on crutches," added Dulcie naughtily.The Princess of the School
- (esp of children or their behaviour) mischievous or disobedient; bad
- mildly indecent; titillating
- Australian and NZ slang an act of sexual intercourse
Word Origin and History for naughtily
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).