OTHER WORDS FROM naughtynaugh·ti·ly, adverbnaugh·ti·ness, noun
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does naughty mean?
Naughty means disobedient, mischievous, or generally misbehaving, particularly when applied to children.
Naughty is usually used in reference to misbehavior that’s minor or mischievous, as opposed to more serious disobedience. In this way, it’s also sometimes applied to pets.
Example: If you kids start to get naughty before bedtime, I’m going to take away your TV privileges.
In a much different context, naughty is used to describe things that are sexually suggestive, as in naughty jokes, or things that pertain to sex, often in a way that’s hidden, forbidden, or secret. In this way, it is often used playfully or as a euphemism (a milder substitute of what is being referred to).
Example: Oh my God, have you two been doing naughty stuff in the supply shed?
Where does naughty come from?
The first records of the word naughty come from around the 1400s. It comes from the word naught, meaning “nothing.” Naught comes from Middle English word nāwiht, from the parts nā, meaning “no,” and wiht, meaning “thing” or “person.” The earliest recorded uses of naughty refer to having nothing—being poor. It then took on senses meaning “evil” or “immoral.” In the 1500s, it took on its sexual meaning—at first more literal and later more ironic or euphemistic. It wasn’t until the 1600s or after that it was popularly used to describe misbehaving children.
Children called naughty are often those who don’t listen to a thing you say and don’t do anything you tell them to do. But the word implies that such behavior isn’t all that serious, and perhaps could even be considered cute (depending on who has to clean up the mess made by the naughty children). Pets who misbehave in this way can also be called naughty, as in Mr. Fluffles, you naughty kitty, why must you knock all my things off the shelf? The word can also be applied to adults in a humorous or ironic way, such as to describe someone cheating on their diet or sneaking food into a movie theater.
When naughty is used in a sexual way, it’s usually meant to be a bit cheeky or playful, often likening sexual activity to behavior that breaks the rules somehow. It’s commonly applied to things that are sexually suggestive or sexually explicit, as in You just watch that movie for the naughty parts. In this sense, a close synonym of the word is dirty. But it can also be used as a playful euphemism to refer to sexual activity, as in Your honeymoon is supposed to be spent being naughty!
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What are some other forms of naughty?
- naughtier (comparative adjective)
- naughtiest (superlative adjective)
- naughtily (adverb)
- naughtiness (noun)
What are some synonyms for naughty?
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How is naughty used in real life?
The word naughty is used in modern conversation to refer to misbehaving children and pets. It is often used with a less serious and more playful tone.
Do parents still send their children to their grandparents for being naughty? I think I am ready to ship my kids to mum for a few years…upto 2030 or so.
— Coonde Ca Minyengwe 🐍 (@hopemkunte) April 16, 2020
Before I had cats, if I heard some noise in another room I'd get ready to defend myself from a masked intruder, now I just throw my head back and screech, "JERRY! STOP BEING NAUGHTY!!!!" at the top of my lungs, which is followed by the pitter patter of naughty cat paws
— beach read? lady, i'm tolstoy 🐿🐝🖖 (@FirstTimeTrek) February 11, 2020
We were a bit naughty this year🙈🎅🏼♥️ pic.twitter.com/pHg1QuMTdW
— 𝓀𝒶𝓇𝑒𝓃❀ (@kaarreenxo) December 26, 2019
Try using naughty!
Which of the following terms would NOT be used to describe a child considered naughty?
B. out of control
How to use naughty in a sentence
Despite home-working challenges like naked partners, noisy children and naughty pets, a recent Gartner survey revealed that as many as 80% of business leaders plan to allow remote work beyond the pandemic.Remote, distributed or hybrid: Navigating the future of a global return to work|Jessica Davies|March 15, 2021|Digiday
While the company’s leadership allows that much of the company’s reputation — even its naughty side — was built on news content, its top executives insist that the other legs of the stool are just as important.For Vice Media, bad-boy news culture is dead, long live news|Max Willens|December 30, 2020|Digiday
The siren song of sneaking around, the chance to show Santa the true meaning of being naughty, well, these are temptations that may be too strong to resist.Holiday sex in your parents’ house without getting caught|Michael Alvear|December 15, 2020|Washington Blade
Whether you’re joining the Onesies Occult or attempting to make naughty Candace Owens into a fright-fest all your own — this year’s celebration will be full of worm-shaped sweets and, of course, a host of horrifically hype Halloween songs.Trick Or Treat: An All Hallows’ Eve Playlist For You Guys And Ghouls|cmurray|October 30, 2020|Essence.com
People trying to feel more whole will maybe try to cut out all their naughty bits.Are You Yoda or Darth Vader? - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Brian Gallagher|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
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’|Aurora Snow|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there are increasingly more who are well-spoken, educated, and just a little naughty.Porn Stars Are People Too, Dammit: Lisa Ann’s Notre Dame Date and the Trolling of David Gregory|Aurora Snow|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner was caught sexting naughty photos, which caused his resignation.Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side|Aurora Snow|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If users want to send naughty photos with a veil of privacy, opt for the pixilated shower door filter.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set|Aurora Snow|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Aurora Snow|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It appears to be the opinion of the advocates of apparitions that naughty ghosts have cold hands.
In this case the husband was the offending party, and was very naughty, and therefore his hands were very cold.
Mr. Towne did not do much last winter, Mary said, beside run around with Naughty Nan.
Tessa, in a broken voice, like the appeal of a naughty child with the naughtiness all gone, what shall I do?
He almost slew me with his eyes; I cant see why such naughty hearts should look through such eyes!