naughty

Naughty describes someone — or someone’s pet — who is disobedient, bad, rascally, or otherwise poorly behaved.

You might remember the word naughty by the way it sounds; think of it as containing the sound "not" as in "Naughty is what you get called when you get caught doing something you were NOT supposed to do!" While naughtiness may be in the eye of the beholder, every human culture seems to have its own version of naughty. For instance, those who celebrate Christmas and want to be on Santa’s “nice” list better avoid any naughty behaviors!

Primary Meanings of naughty

1.
adj
badly behaved
2.
adj
suggestive of sexual impropriety
Full Definitions of naughty
1

adj badly behaved

“a naughty boy”
Synonyms:
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities
2

adj suggestive of sexual impropriety

“a naughty wink”
naughty words”
Synonyms:
blue, gamey, gamy, juicy, racy, risque, spicy
sexy
marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest

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