Definition of naughty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnɔːti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɔːti//
    (naughtier, naughtiest)
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  1. 1(especially of children) behaving badly; not willing to obey a naughty boy/girl (humorous) I'm being very naughty—I've ordered champagne!
  2. 2(informal, often humorous) slightly rude; connected with sex synonym risqué a naughty joke/word
  3. Word Originlate 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.Extra examples The children have all been a bit naughty. Come on now, that’s naughty. I’m being very naughty—I’ve ordered champagne! You’ve been a very naughty boy!
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