naughty etymology

English word naughty comes from Middle English (1100-1500) naȝti

Detailed word origin of naughty

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
naȝti Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
naughty English (eng) (now, _, rare, archaic) Evil, wicked, morally reprehensible. [from 15th c.]. (obsolete) Bad, worthless, substandard. [16th-19th c.]. Mischievous; tending to misbehave or act badly (especially of a child). [from 17th c.]. Sexually provocative; now in weakened sense, risqué, cheeky. [from 19th c.].