adjective (naughtier, naughtiest)
- Sometimes it's like being a school teacher with a multitude of naughty children to look after.
- I wasn't a very naughty child generally, so this was quite out of character.
- If your child is naughty, maybe it is the parents that are at fault.
- It was used to greatest effect when it makes the actors say rude or naughty things.
- 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.
- The lyrics to this very hummable song are extremely naughty, not smutty or crude, just enjoyably naughty.
- The Future Bible Heroes' new album is in very real danger of being a good deed in a naughty world, as this interview suggests.
the naughty step (also the naughty corner) British informal
- A place where a child is sent after misbehaving in order to reflect on their actions: whenever I did something bad, my uncle would make me sit in the naughty cornerMore example sentences
- Kemal recently had to sit on the naughty step for putting a toilet brush into Roberto's cardboard box.
- Parenting groups have taken issue with the suitability of the naughty step or "time out" method to discipline children.
- The naughty step, is a place of reflection where the child realises they've done something wrong.
- 1.1A situation of public disgrace: the bosses of the unions found themselves on the naughty stepMore example sentences
- Oh, my, then the whole British internet has to go and sit on the naughty step.
- In her monthly guide to subversive parenting, Jennie Bristow sends today's parenting fads and panics to the naughty step.
- As a nation, we're heading for the naughty step.
- Example sentences
- Drinking coffee at night still seems naughtily bohemian in this city, and there's an undercurrent of guilty complicity in the air.
- ‘You're right,’ Aidan agreed and smiled rather naughtily.
- Lynn winks naughtily at him, and Clark's smile broadens.
- Example sentences
- She has the knack of bringing out the naughtiness in people…
- There's an awful lot of rude words in it, a lot of swearing, a lot of naughtiness.
- He had a very highly developed sense of humour and naughtiness.
Today naughty generally refers to children or animals that misbehave in a fairly harmless way, but until quite recently it was a stronger word meaning ‘wicked’ or ‘morally bad’, as in ‘An Oxe of mine being a naughty beast, through ye default of mine owne fence hath goared a Cow of your Worships’ (1592) or ‘'Tis a villanous Error of some naughty Men’ (1699). Naughty comes from the Old English word naught, ‘nothing’, and originally meant ‘possessing nothing, poor, needy’. The sense ‘mildly rude or indecent’, found in expressions such as ‘naughty bits’, dates from the mid 16th century.
Words that rhyme with naughtyforty, haughty, pianoforte, rorty, shorty, sortie, sporty, UB40, warty
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