adjective \ˈnas-tē\

: very unpleasant to see, smell, taste, etc.

: indecent and offensive

: unpleasant and unkind


Full Definition of NASTY

a :  disgustingly filthy
b :  physically repugnant
:  mean, tawdry
a :  extremely hazardous or harmful <a nasty undertow>
b :  causing severe pain or suffering <a nasty wound> <a nasty fall>
c :  sharply unpleasant :  disagreeable <nasty weather>
a :  difficult to understand or deal with <a nasty problem> <a nasty curveball>
b :  psychologically unsettling :  trying <a nasty fear that she was lost>
:  lacking in courtesy or sportsmanship <a nasty trick>
nas·ti·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb
nas·ti·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun
nasty noun

Examples of NASTY

  1. She has a nasty habit of biting her fingernails.
  2. The medicine left a nasty taste in my mouth.
  3. That nasty old man yelled at me just for stepping on his lawn!
  4. He sent a nasty letter to the company.
  5. She's got quite a nasty temper.
  6. He said lots of downright nasty things about her.
  7. She called him a few nasty names and left.

Origin of NASTY

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with NASTY


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