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naughty

[ 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.

OTHER WORDS FOR naughty

1 willful, wayward, misbehaving.
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Origin of naughty

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at naught, -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM naughty

naugh·ti·ly, adverbnaugh·ti·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for naughty

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 naughty

naughtily, adverbnaughtiness, noun

Word Origin for naughty

C14 (originally: needy, of poor quality): from naught
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