Definition of nasty
1a : disgustingly filthy nasty living conditionsb : physically repugnant a nasty taste
5a : difficult to understand or deal with a nasty problem a nasty curveballb : psychologically unsettling : trying a nasty fear that she was lost
6 : lacking in courtesy or sportsmanship a nasty trick
nastilyplay \ˈna-stə-lē\ adverb
nastinessplay \ˈna-stē-nəs\ noun
Examples of nasty in a Sentence
She has a nasty habit of biting her fingernails.
The medicine left a nasty taste in my mouth.
That nasty old man yelled at me just for stepping on his lawn!
He sent a nasty letter to the company.
She's got quite a nasty temper.
He said lots of downright nasty things about her.
She called him a few nasty names and left.
Recent Examples of nasty from the Web
Facing Rays hard-throwing reliever Ryne Stanek, whose fastball touches triple digits and who has a nasty slider, Smith tried to remain calm.
A corpse flower named Java is blooming up a nasty scent at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and more could soon be on the way.
Overcleaning can actually hurt you: Scented soaps and shower gels can irritate you down there and cause a nasty infection.
Then comes more than 200 pages of Conway’s book, set in the 1950s village of Saxby-on-Avon, where a busybody housekeeper falls to her death down a flight of stairs and nasty Sir Magnus Pye loses his head (literally) in a gruesome murder.
This case was a particularly nasty and controversial example of a local board discriminating against a religious group that wanted a place to worship.
Both righties were serving up nasty, breaking curves that consistently went from chest to ankle level in a blink.
And everyone hates me now — my ex, her family, even my family has been nasty to me.
This is at once a thriller, a story of middle-aged angst, an exposition of international law and an exploration of an intensely serious and very nasty episode in recent history.
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Origin and Etymology of nasty
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of nasty
NASTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nasty for English Language Learners
: very unpleasant to see, smell, taste, etc.
: indecent and offensive
: unpleasant and unkind
NASTY Defined for Kids
Definition of nasty for Students
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