naughtiness

[ naw-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF naughtiness

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NAUGHTINESS

And somehow you knew it wasn't your naughtiness that made her cry.

And all this grief Emily brought upon her friends by her own naughtiness.

Fancy Mary Gladstone forgiving me even that second naughtiness!

The second "naughtiness" will be found in "Arrows of the Chace," Vol.

But, you see, I have taken a great fancy to her in spite of her naughtiness.

We know our vulgarity and the naughtiness of our own hearts.

She clung to him like a child wearied with its own naughtiness.

How often Philippa worried her with her whims and naughtiness, and yet how patient and good she was!

Well, they have to suffer for their own naughtiness, and that does grieve me!

My dear mistress, it is love, not naughtiness, that asks the question—but what does this mean?

WORD 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).

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