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

Choose the Right Synonym for nasty

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

People have a nasty habit of connecting morality to someone's physical appearance. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "17 Surprising Ways You've Internalized Misogyny," 8 Mar. 2019 So our introduction to the business side of this, which can be nasty at times, was actually quite lovely. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Judith Light Thinks We Need More 'Who's the Boss' in 2019," 30 Jan. 2019 Trump then called him a nasty guy and the room booed, a bit. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Donald Trump keeps slaying the slain.," 21 June 2018 This character assassination was so vicious and so horrible, so nasty, Justice Thomas called it a high-tech lynching. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 Because urine is nasty, sensors detect the urine within a second and rapidly pump it into a 1.7 quart (6.8 cups) collection bag. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Device Helps Fighter Pilots Pee at 30,000 Feet," 3 Jan. 2019 The war between Arpaio and Ward has also gotten increasingly nasty, after two former Ward employees were hired by Arpaio earlier this summer. Li Zhou, Vox, "“McCain in a skirt”: Republicans are looking to the establishment to save a Senate seat in Arizona," 28 Aug. 2018 Buy Now Skin Laundry purifying cleansing cloths Every day your face comes into contact with nasty stuff—pollution, dirt, smog, your neighbor's funky incense. Matt Martin, GQ, "GQ’s New Best Stuff Box Is Here to Upgrade Your Summer," 21 May 2018 The dirty secret about ships Ships are very fuel-efficient in terms of transporting cargo, but the heavy fuel oil (HFO) used by 80 percent of the world’s shipping fleet is nasty stuff. Jessica F. Green, Washington Post, "Why do we need new rules on shipping emissions? Well, 90 percent of global trade depends on ships.," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for nasty

nasty

adjective

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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