Adjective "naughty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially of a child) badly behaved; disobedient.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'The treaty basically says no one is going to do anything naughty such as industrial espionage.'
  4. 'I feel like the naughty schoolboy who's been called to the headmistress's office.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'It's rather like keeping the whole class after school until someone turns in the naughty child.'
  7. 'They can be like naughty children, up to mischief one minute, bickering the next.'
  8. 'Like parents forgiving naughty children, they forgive pop culture its badness, because it reminds them of when they were children.'
  9. 'Once she has got through playing the naughty schoolgirl, she settles down.'
  10. 'If your child is naughty, maybe it is the parents that are at fault.'
Mildly rude or indecent, typically because related to sex.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'The lyrics to this very hummable song are extremely naughty, not smutty or crude, just enjoyably naughty.'
  3. 'And you thought I was going to say something naughty, didn't you?'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Although pornography is edging closer to mainstream society, its naughty aura means it isn't yet mundane.'
  6. 'Bruce established his reputation on naughty language and bawdy social commentary: the hallmarks of modern stand-up comedy.'
  7. 'Julie just gave me that naughty, sexy grin of hers.'


    1. disobedient; mischievous (used especially in speaking to or about children): Weren't we naughty not to eat our spinach?

    2. improper, tasteless, indecorous, or indecent: a naughty word.

    3. Obsolete. wicked; evil.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be naughty at homes."

    "conkers can be naughty during visits."

    "people can be naughty."

    "children can be naughty."

    "words can be naughty."

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    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.


    the naughty step