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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NAUGHTY

And Mrs. Oldaker, with a coy fillip of her fan, called him a naughty boy.

"I'm not naughty, miss—at least I am doing all I can to get over it," she sobbed.

And I mean to go this very day, and tell some of then what naughty people they are!

You are inside of the box, naughty creature, and there you shall stay!

Such as he are fierce when crossed, and he hath a band of naughty men at his heels.

"Oh no; Geoff's not naughty to me, scarcely never," said Vicky, eagerly.

The old woman refused, vowing that she did not know that naughty song.

They became accustomed to the naughty jokes of the old clerk.

Yes, and the naughty boy has broken his promise and must be whipped.

Sally shrugged her shoulders with the petulant gesture of a naughty child.

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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