nasty

adjective
nas·​ty | \ ˈna-stē How to pronounce nasty (audio) \
nastier; nastiest

Definition of nasty

1a : disgustingly filthy nasty living conditions
b : physically repugnant a nasty taste
2 : indecent, obscene nasty language
3 : mean, tawdry living a cheap and nasty life— G. B. Shaw
4a : extremely hazardous (see hazardous sense 1) or harmful a nasty undertow
b : causing severe pain or suffering a nasty wound a nasty fall
c : sharply unpleasant : disagreeable nasty weather
5a : difficult to understand or deal with a nasty problem a nasty curveball
b : psychologically unsettling : trying a nasty fear that she was lost
6 : lacking in courtesy or sportsmanship a nasty trick

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Other Words from nasty

nastily \ ˈna-​stə-​lē How to pronounce nastily (audio) \ adverb
nastiness \ ˈna-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce nastiness (audio) \ noun
nasty noun

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dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure. dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it. a dirty littered street filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears. a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking. a foul-smelling open sewer nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness. it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat In practice, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable. had a nasty fall his answer gave her a nasty shock squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect. squalid slums All these terms are also applicable to moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity. dirty then stresses meanness or despicableness don't ask me to do your dirty work , while filthy and foul describe disgusting obscenity or loathsome behavior filthy street language a foul story of lust and greed , and nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness. a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor Distinctively, squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness. engaged in a series of squalid affairs

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The race between Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams and Republican Burgess Owens turns nasty as a pair of polls in the 4th District race give McAdams a lead for the first time. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘Utah Politics’ podcast: Coronavirus spike, 4th District race turns nasty, and the latest polling in Utah," 18 Sep. 2020 Archie Bradley pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Raisel Iglesias earned his eighth save of the season by showing off a nasty slider. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Luis Castillo tosses 7 shutout innings, Cincinnati Reds sweep Pittsburgh Pirates," 17 Sep. 2020 The woman also said the man’s daughter contacted her and called her nasty names. John Benson, cleveland, "Man suspected of stealing wood arrested for drunken driving: North Royalton Police Blotter," 16 Sep. 2020 Alas, the comments on Holmes' latest Instagram post, a video of what looks like a geyser, took a turn for the nasty when the news broke. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Is Facing Online Abuse Over Her Relationship With Emilio Vitolo," 15 Sep. 2020 Ocean rowers can suffer all kinds of nasty ailments during long periods at sea — from unremitting foot rot and sun blisters to fractured bones and renal failure. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "After 86 days at sea, SF rower arrives in Hawaii," 15 Sep. 2020 Used as a chemical weapon during World War I, phosphine is still manufactured as an agricultural fumigant, is used in the semiconductor industry, and is a nasty byproduct of meth labs. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Possible sign of life on Venus stirs up heated debate," 14 Sep. 2020 The crisis has sparked a nasty political fight between Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and opposition politicians ahead of legislative elections next summer. Washington Post, "Mexican farmers occupy dam to stop water payments to the United States," 14 Sep. 2020 If Kyler Murray gets blindsided by a particularly nasty hit in the pocket this season, keep your eyes on how the nimble, and newly more muscular, 5-foot-10 quarterback reacts, rolls and recovers should he get pancaked. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Kyler Murray plans to cut sack total in half, stay healthy though range of motion training," 13 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of nasty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for nasty

Middle English

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22 Sep 2020

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“Nasty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasty. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for nasty

nasty

adjective
How to pronounce nasty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nasty

: very unpleasant to see, smell, taste, etc.
: indecent and offensive
: unpleasant and unkind

nasty

adjective
nas·​ty | \ ˈna-stē How to pronounce nasty (audio) \
nastier; nastiest

Kids Definition of nasty

1 : mean entry 2 sense 1 He has a nasty disposition.
2 : very unpleasant nasty weather a nasty taste
3 : very serious : harmful I had a nasty fall on the ice.
4 : very dirty : filthy
5 : indecent nasty jokes

Other Words from nasty

nastily \ ˈna-​stə-​lē \ adverb
nastiness \ ˈna-​stē-​nəs \ noun

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