naughty

naughty
   Used as a vocative element in Shakespeare, this word has the force of ‘a thing of naught’, something totally worthless. ‘Thou naughty varlet’, in Much Ado About Nothing (4:ii) or ‘thou naughty knave’, in Julius Caesar (l:i) is thus a serious insult. In modern times ‘naughty’ used alone or in an expression like ‘naughty boy’, ‘naughty girl’, is far milder. Addressed to children such terms imply bad behaviour, or behaviour, at least, which goes against the instructions issued by elders. Used to adults, expressions like ‘naughty boy’ or ‘naughty girl’ are likely to become covert endearments, especially when referring to sexual behaviour that some might consider to be improper. Friendly use of ‘naughty’ to an adult occurs in Free Fall, by William Golding.

A dictionary of epithets and terms of address . . 2015.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую
Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Naughty @ 40 — Theatrical release poster Directed by Jagmohan Mundhra Produced by Anuj Sharma Kiran Sharma …   Wikipedia

  • Naughty — Naugh ty, a. [Compar. {Naughtier}; superl. {Naughtiest}.] 1. Having little or nothing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] [Men] that needy be and naughty, help them with thy goods. Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. Worthless; bad; good for nothing. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Naughty — may refer to: Naughty (album), an album by Chaka Khan Walter Hiers See also All pages beginning with Naughty Noughties, a slang name for the years 2000 to 2009 This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

  • naughty — (adj.) late 14c., naugti needy, having nothing, from O.E. nawiht (see NAUGHT (Cf. naught)) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Sense of wicked, evil, morally wrong is attested from 1520s; specific meaning sexually promiscuous is from 1869. The more tame main modern …   Etymology dictionary

  • naughty — [adj1] bad, misbehaved annoying, badly behaved*, contrary, disobedient, disorderly, evil, exasperating, fiendish, fractious, froward, headstrong, impish, indecorous, insubordinate, intractable, mischievous, obstreperous, perverse, playful,… …   New thesaurus

  • naughty — index improper, iniquitous, peccant (culpable), perverse, reprehensible, reprobate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • naughty — *bad, evil, ill, wicked Analogous words: mischievous, roguish, impish, waggish (see PLAYFUL): froward, balky, restive, wayward, *contrary, perverse …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • naughty — ► ADJECTIVE (naughtier, naughtiest) 1) (especially of a child) disobedient; badly behaved. 2) informal mildly rude or indecent. DERIVATIVES naughtily adverb naughtiness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «possessing nothin …   English terms dictionary

  • naughty — [nôt′ē] adj. naughtier, naughtiest [ME naugti: see NAUGHT] 1. Obs. wicked; bad; evil 2. not behaving properly; mischievous or disobedient: used esp. of children or their behavior 3. showing lack of decorum; improper, indelicate, or obscene SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • naughty — adj. 1) naughty of 2) naughty to + inf. (it was naughty to do that) * * * [ nɔːtɪ] naughty of naughty to + inf. (it was naughty to do that) …   Combinatory dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”