A pair of naughty little children.
- A child who behaves badly is an example of a child who would be described as naughty.
- Immoral thoughts related to sex are an example of thoughts that would be described as naughty thoughts.
The definition of naughty is someone or something badly behaved, wicked or not in keeping with moral and social standards.
- Obs. wicked; bad; evil
- not behaving properly; mischievous or disobedient: used esp. of children or their behavior
- showing lack of decorum; improper, indelicate, or obscene
Origin of naughtyMiddle English naugti: see naught; origin, originally senses: having naught, poor
- Behaving disobediently or mischievously: a naughty child.
- Indecent; improper: a naughty wink.
One that is naughty.
Origin of naughtyMiddle English noughti, wicked, from nought, nothing, evil, from Old English nawiht, nothing; see naught.
(comparative naughtier, superlative naughtiest)
- (now rare, archaic) Evil, wicked, morally reprehensible. [from 15th c.]
- Mischievous; tending to misbehave or act badly (especially of a child). [from 17th c.]
- Some naughty boys at school hid the teacher's lesson notes.
- Immoral, sexually provocative; now in weakened sense, risquÃ©, cheeky. [from 19th c.]
- I bought some naughty lingerie for my honeymoon.
- If I see you send another naughty email to your friends, you will be forbidden from using the computer!
From naught +"Ž -y.