- 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
Synonyms for naughty
Related Words for naughtierimpish, rowdy, playful, mischievous, headstrong, wicked, lewd, ribald, off-color, bawdy, dirty, annoying, contrary, disobedient, disorderly, evil, fiendish, fractious, froward, indecorous
Examples from the Web for naughtier
Contemporary Examples of naughtier
Naughtier still, sister Jane has been known to dabble in Democratic politics.Turning Spotlight on Mitt Romney Siblings Could Help Humanize GOP Nominee
May 30, 2012
Historical Examples of naughtier
You said just now I was naughtier than both of them put together.Elsie's New Relations
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
To which my husband—at that time a teasing schoolboy—retorted, "One is naughtier than another."Six Women and the Invasion
- (esp of children or their behaviour) mischievous or disobedient; bad
- mildly indecent; titillating
- Australian and NZ slang an act of sexual intercourse
Word Origin for naughty
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).