Definition of naughty in English:

naughty

adjective

  • 1(especially of a child) badly behaved; disobedient:

    ‘you've been a really naughty boy’
    • ‘We've all been very naughty, dirty children, and must be treated sternly.’
    • ‘Sometimes it's like being a school teacher with a multitude of naughty children to look after.’
    • ‘Upset the person in charge and you automatically feel like a naughty child.’
    • ‘It is clearly evident that this tragedy has occurred because I was a naughty, naughty child throughout the past year.’
    • ‘They can be like naughty children, up to mischief one minute, bickering the next.’
    • ‘There is still a belief that it is acceptable to speed, and that speed cameras are naughty wicked things set up by the government, rather than an attempt to reduce road deaths and injuries.’
    • ‘She had a funny look on her face, like a naughty child who's just been found stealing cookies from the cookie jar before dinner.’
    • ‘Like parents forgiving naughty children, they forgive pop culture its badness, because it reminds them of when they were children.’
    • ‘A campaign has been launched in some newspapers to attempt to outlaw any right of parents ever to lay a finger on their naughty children.’
    • ‘You cannot win the hearts of naughty nine-year-olds by drawing cartoons that pacify their politically correct parents.’
    • ‘His first advice to teachers was to understand child psychology before handling naughty children.’
    • ‘Athena's haughty gaze affixed him as if he were a naughty schoolboy.’
    • ‘If your child is naughty, maybe it is the parents that are at fault.’
    • ‘It's rather like keeping the whole class after school until someone turns in the naughty child.’
    • ‘They knew interesting tales about when my parents were naughty children and they could identify the faded figures in family photographs.’
    • ‘I wasn't a very naughty child generally, so this was quite out of character.’
    • ‘He sighed like a parent who now had to punish a naughty child.’
    • ‘The treaty basically says no one is going to do anything naughty such as industrial espionage.’
    • ‘Once she has got through playing the naughty schoolgirl, she settles down.’
    • ‘I feel like the naughty schoolboy who's been called to the headmistress's office.’
    disobedient, unruly, wayward, errant, badly behaved, disorderly, undisciplined, delinquent, troublesome, rebellious, defiant, mutinous, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, non-compliant, wilful, unbiddable, intractable, ungovernable, unmanageable, uncontrollable, obstreperous, awkward, difficult, perverse, contrary
    View synonyms
  • 2informal Mildly rude or indecent, typically because related to sex:

    ‘naughty goings-on’
    • ‘The two would dance ‘suggestively’ and end their naughty escapade with a full kiss on the lips for all the boys to think about later that night.’
    • ‘Explicit language makes a lot of us squirm because it's chock full of taboos: It's crude, it's naughty, it's raunchy, its real.’
    • ‘Although pornography is edging closer to mainstream society, its naughty aura means it isn't yet mundane.’
    • ‘It was used to greatest effect when it makes the actors say rude or naughty things.’
    • ‘I admit, that does sound rather naughty, but I don't think she meant it quite like that.’
    • ‘And you thought I was going to say something naughty, didn't you?’
    • ‘Julie just gave me that naughty, sexy grin of hers.’
    • ‘It looked strangely naughty, a bit like a dirty postcard.’
    • ‘She had one of those husky voices that suggested very naughty things just by speaking.’
    • ‘The Code wasn't simply about getting rid of naughty words or translucent costumes.’
    • ‘Bruce established his reputation on naughty language and bawdy social commentary: the hallmarks of modern stand-up comedy.’
    • ‘An apology beforehand for the use of the naughty word in the image below.’
    • ‘The lyrics to this very hummable song are extremely naughty, not smutty or crude, just enjoyably naughty.’
    • ‘The naughty massage ads are in the Adult Classified, and, trust me, the sky is the limit.’
    indecent, risqué, rude, racy, ribald, bawdy, broad, spicy, suggestive, titillating, Improper, indelicate, indecorous, off colour
    View synonyms
  • 3archaic Wicked.

    • ‘The Future Bible Heroes' new album is in very real danger of being a good deed in a naughty world, as this interview suggests.’
    badly behaved, disobedient, bad, misbehaved, misbehaving, wayward, defiant, unruly, insubordinate, wilful, self-willed, delinquent, undisciplined, unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unbiddable, disorderly, disruptive, mutinous, fractious, refractory, recalcitrant, errant, wild, wicked, obstreperous, difficult, troublesome, awkward, contrary, perverse, attention-seeking, exasperating, incorrigible
    View synonyms

Origin

Late Middle English: from naught + -y. The earliest recorded sense was ‘possessing nothing’; the sense ‘wicked’ also dates from late Middle English, and gave rise to the current senses.

Pronunciation:

naughty

/ˈnɔːti/