[naw-tee] /ˈnɔ ti/
adjective, naughtier, naughtiest.
disobedient; mischievous (used especially in speaking to or about children):
Weren’t we naughty not to eat our spinach?
improper, tasteless, indecorous, or indecent:
a naughty word.
Obsolete. wicked; evil.
adjective -tier, -tiest
(esp of children or their behaviour) mischievous or disobedient; bad
mildly indecent; titillating
noun (pl) -ties
(Austral & NZ, slang) an act of sexual intercourse
late 14c., naugti “needy, having nothing,” from Old English nawiht (see naught) + -y (2). Sense of “wicked, evil, morally wrong” is attested from 1520s; specific meaning “sexually promiscuous” is from 1869. The more tame main modern sense of “disobedient” (especially of children) is attested from 1630s. Related: Naughtily; naughtiness. A woman of bad character c.1530-1750 might be called a naughty pack (also sometimes of men and later of children).
- Naughty bits
noun a euphemism for genitals, esp. male Usage Note slang noun The genitals [1960+; euphemism fr Monty Python’s Flying Circus skits]
- Naughty figs
(Jer. 24:2). “The bad figs may have been such either from having decayed, and thus been reduced to a rotten condition, or as being the fruit of the sycamore, which contains a bitter juice” (Tristram, Nat. Hist.). The inferiority of the fruit is here referred to as an emblem of the rejected Zedekiah and his […]
- Naughty nineties
plural noun 1. the naughty nineties, (in Britain) the 1890s, considered to be a period of fun-loving and laxity, esp in sexual morals
- Naughty step
noun 1. a place where a child is made to stand as a punishment for bad behaviour 2. to be on the naughty step, to experience public disfavour, usu. because of perceived wayward behaviour