Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Naughty Figs (Jeremiah xxiv. 2).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Naughty Figs (Jeremiah xxiv. 2).
Worthless, vile (Anglo-Saxon náht, i.e. n negative, aht aught). We still say a “naughty boy,” a “naughty girl,” and a “naughty child.”   1
        “One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe… The other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten.”


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