naughty

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From naught +‎ -y.

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Adjective[edit]

naughty (comparative naughtier, superlative naughtiest)

  1. (now rare, archaic) Evil, wicked, morally reprehensible. [from 15th c.]
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, First Folio, The Merchant of Venice:
      So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Udall:
      Such as be intemperant, that is, followers of their naughty appetites and lusts.
  2. (obsolete) Bad, worthless, substandard. [16th-19th c.]
    • (Can we date this quote?) American King James Bible, Jeremiah 24:2:
      One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
  3. 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.
  4. Immoral, 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!

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Antonyms[edit]

  • (immoral; cheeky): nice

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