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Meaning of “naughty” in the English Dictionary

"naughty" in British English

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naughtyadjective

uk   /ˈnɔː.ti/  us   /ˈnɑː.t̬i/
  • naughty adjective (BADLY BEHAVED)

B2 When ​children are naughty, or ​theirbehaviour is naughty, they ​behavebadly or do not do what they are told to do: Now that's naughty - don't ​throwfood on the ​floor! Our ​bosstreats us all like naughty ​children. mainly UK used ​slightlyhumorously to ​describe an ​adult who has ​behavedbadly or an adult's ​badaction: "I'm ​afraid I ​borrowedyourcar without ​asking." "Yes, that was very naughty of you - I ​needed it at the ​weekend!"

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  • naughty adjective (SEXUAL)

informal humorous involving or ​suggestingsex: The ​film was ​shown on ​television but they ​cut out all the naughty ​scenes. He always ​buys her naughty ​underwear for her ​birthday.
naughtily
adverb uk   /-tɪ.li/  us   /-t̬ɪ.li/
naughtiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of naughty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"naughty" in American English

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naughtyadjective

 us   /ˈnɔ·t̬i, ˈnɑt̬·i/
(esp. of ​children) ​behavingbadly and not being ​obedient, or (esp. of ​behavior or ​language) not ​sociallyacceptable: a naughty ​girl a naughty word
(Definition of naughty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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