gamy vs naughty what difference

what is difference between gamy and naughty



gamy (comparative more gamy, superlative most gamy)

  1. Alternative spelling of gamey
    • Such a funny, sporty, gamy, jesty, joky, hoky-poky lad, is the Ocean.



From Middle English naughty, nauȝty, nauȝti, naȝti, equivalent to naught +‎ -y.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɔːti/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈnɔti/, /ˈnɑti/
  • Homophone: knotty (in accents with the cot-caught merger)
  • Rhymes: -ɔːti


naughty (comparative naughtier, superlative naughtiest)

  1. Mischievous; tending to misbehave or act badly (especially of a child). [from 17th c.]
    Some naughty boys at school hid the teacher’s lesson notes.
  2. Sexually provocative; now in weakened sense, risqué, cheeky. [from 19th c.]
    I bought some naughty lingerie for my honeymoon.
    If I see you send another naughty email to your friends, you will be forbidden from using the computer!
  3. (now rare, archaic) Evil, wicked, morally reprehensible. [from 15th c.]
    • 1589, John Bucke, Instructions for the Use of the Beades
      my proneſſe to ſinne, and naughty appetites and desires, woulde drawe me headlong to the pitte of hell
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act V scene i[1]
      [] How far that little candle throws his beams! / So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica
      Wholesome meats to a vitiated stomack differ little or nothing from unwholesome; and best books to a naughty mind are not unappliable to occasions of evill.
  4. (obsolete) Bad, worthless, substandard. [16th-19th c.]

Alternative forms

  • noughty (archaic or obsolete)


  • (immoral, sexually provocative): dirty
  • (mischievous): mischievous


  • (immoral; cheeky): nice

Derived terms

  • naughtily
  • naughtiness
  • naughty bit


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