- 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 naughtiness
A quick Google search for political sex scandals will lead you to pages of naughtiness, Republican and Democratic alike.Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side
October 11, 2014
The danger and naughtiness that the weekend allows for and that we all hoped he'd bring over to week nights?Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night'
February 25, 2014
For them, novelty and naughtiness were the ultimate aphrodisiacs.Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed
Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt
February 13, 2014
And somehow you knew it wasn't your naughtiness that made her cry.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
And all this grief Emily brought upon her friends by her own naughtiness.The Fairchild Family
Mary Martha Sherwood
The second "naughtiness" will be found in "Arrows of the Chace," Vol.
Fancy Mary Gladstone forgiving me even that second naughtiness!
But, you see, I have taken a great fancy to her in spite of her naughtiness.A Modern Tomboy
L. T. Meade
- (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 naughtiness
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).