naughty

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English naughty, nauȝty, nauȝti, naȝti, equivalent to naught +‎ -y.

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AdjectiveEdit

naughty (comparative naughtier, superlative naughtiest)

  1. 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.
  2. Sexually provocative; now in weakened sense, risqué, 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!
  3. (now rare, archaic) Evil, wicked, morally reprehensible. [from 15th c.]
    • 1589, John Bucke, Instructions for the Use of the Beades
      my proneſſe to ſinne, and naughty appetites and desires, woulde drawe me headlong to the pitte of hell
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act V scene i[1]
      [] How far that little candle throws his beams! / So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica
      Wholesome meats to a vitiated stomack differ little or nothing from unwholesome; and best books to a naughty mind are not unappliable to occasions of evill.
  4. (obsolete) Bad, worthless, substandard. [16th-19th c.]

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  • (immoral; cheeky): nice

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