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naughty

adjective uk   /ˈnɔː.ti/ us    /ˈnɑː.t̬i/

naughty adjective (BADLY BEHAVED)

B2 When children are naughty, or their behaviour is naughty, they behave badly or do not do what they are told to do: Now that's naughty - you mustn't throw food on the floor! Our boss treats us all like naughty schoolchildren.Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantBad and wrong behaviour used slightly humorously to describe an adult who has behaved badly or an adult's bad action: "I'm afraid I borrowed your car without asking." "Yes, that was very naughty of you - I needed it at the weekend!"Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant

naughty adjective (SEXUAL)

informal humorous involving or suggesting sex: The film was shown on television but they cut out all the naughty scenes. He always buys her naughty underwear for her birthday.Relating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky
naughtily
adverb uk   /-tɪ.li/ us    /-t̬ɪ.li/
Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantRelating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky
naughtiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantRelating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky
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