naughty

[ naw-tee ]
/ ˈnɔ ti /

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.

Origin of naughty

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at naught, -y1
Related formsnaugh·ti·ly, adverbnaugh·ti·ness, noun
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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 Formsnaughtily, adverbnaughtiness, noun

Word Origin for naughty

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