- 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 naughty
Can you call someone a ‘naughty boy’ or do you have to say ‘naughty man?’The UK’s War on Porn: ‘Proof That Men Making These Rules Do Not See Women as Equals’
December 6, 2014
Click the option to be warned about sensitive media and these naughty images won't be thrust at you.Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me?
August 2, 2014
Braun is already milking high end fairy tale spoofs, with a naughty version of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty coming soon.The Art of Smutty Spoofs: Porn Parodies Aren’t a Joke Anymore
March 15, 2014
It's not just Santa who knows whether you've been naughty or nice – so does the National Security Agency.Obama vs. Orwell—The Biggest Fight of His Second Term
December 22, 2013
Yet for all her cred as a femme serieux, Kennedy keeps in close touch with the naughty girl of her past.Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on Her Path From MTV to Fox Business
December 9, 2013
And Mrs. Oldaker, with a coy fillip of her fan, called him a naughty boy.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I'm not naughty, miss—at least I am doing all I can to get over it," she sobbed.Weighed and Wanting
And I mean to go this very day, and tell some of then what naughty people they are!The Miraculous Pitcher
You are inside of the box, naughty creature, and there you shall stay!The Paradise of Children
Such as he are fierce when crossed, and he hath a band of naughty men at his heels.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- (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 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).