[ naw-tee ]
/ ˈnɔ ti /
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adjective, naugh·ti·er, naugh·ti·est.
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM naughtynaugh·ti·ly, adverbnaugh·ti·ness, noun
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How to use naughty in a sentence
Naughtier still, sister Jane has been known to dabble in Democratic politics.Turning Spotlight on Mitt Romney Siblings Could Help Humanize GOP Nominee|Michelle Cottle|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
To which my husband—at that time a teasing schoolboy—retorted, "One is naughtier than another."Six Women and the Invasion|Gabrielle Yerta
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
I have been naughty—far naughtier than I dreamed of—you have made me realize it, though you are not quite just.The Dull Miss Archinard|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Mother says he's of no use; he only makes the children naughtier, and he'd better keep out of the way.Gritli's Children|Johanna Spyri
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
British Dictionary definitions for naughty
/ (ˈnɔːtɪ) /
adjective -tier or -tiest
(esp of children or their behaviour) mischievous or disobedient; bad
mildly indecent; titillating
noun plural -ties
Australian and NZ slang an act of sexual intercourse
Derived forms of naughtynaughtily, adverbnaughtiness, noun
Word Origin for naughty
C14 (originally: needy, of poor quality): from naught
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