- 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
Thomas Frognall Dibdin
"It seems to me that you'd better read this yourself," she said, naughtily.Mr. Prohack
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).