Antonyms for naughty

Grammar : Adj
Spell : naw-tee
Phonetic Transcription : ˈnɔ ti

Definition of naughty

Origin :
  • late 14c., naugti "needy, having nothing," from Old English nawiht (see naught) + -y (2). Sense of "wicked, evil, morally wrong" is attested from 1520s; specific meaning "sexually promiscuous" is from 1869. The more tame main modern sense of "disobedient" (especially of children) is attested from 1630s. Related: Naughtily; naughtiness. A woman of bad character c.1530-1750 might be called a naughty pack (also sometimes of men and later of children).
  • adj bad, misbehaved
  • adj obscene, vulgar
Example sentences :
  • And Mrs. Oldaker, with a coy fillip of her fan, called him a naughty boy.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I'm not naughty, miss—at least I am doing all I can to get over it," she sobbed.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • And I mean to go this very day, and tell some of then what naughty people they are!
  • Extract from : « The Miraculous Pitcher » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • You are inside of the box, naughty creature, and there you shall stay!
  • Extract from : « The Paradise of Children » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Such as he are fierce when crossed, and he hath a band of naughty men at his heels.
  • Extract from : « The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood » by Howard Pyle
  • "Oh no; Geoff's not naughty to me, scarcely never," said Vicky, eagerly.
  • Extract from : « Great Uncle Hoot-Toot » by Mrs. Molesworth
  • The old woman refused, vowing that she did not know that naughty song.
  • Extract from : « L'Assommoir » by Emile Zola
  • They became accustomed to the naughty jokes of the old clerk.
  • Extract from : « Therese Raquin » by Emile Zola
  • Yes, and the naughty boy has broken his promise and must be whipped.
  • Extract from : « The Eternal City » by Hall Caine
  • Sally shrugged her shoulders with the petulant gesture of a naughty child.
  • Extract from : « The Dominant Strain » by Anna Chapin Ray

Synonyms for naughty

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