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
Ride quality that’s creamy on metropolitan streets is not so pleasant on pavement punctuated by nasty little irregularities.
Beisner says the dog was heavily medicated, had a nasty temperament, and was drinking his own urine.
Think back to Max Scherzer, whose nasty, high-90s, late-moving fastball did nothing for him early in his first season in Detroit.
The positive reaction on social media outweighed the negative, but the negative can be nasty.
In addition to a line of hair products, tools, and self-tanners, Kardashian West and her sisters debuted a line called Khroma Beauty (later changed to Kardashian Beauty after some nasty legal issues) back in 2013.
There could be some nasty surprises when the buying stops.
Around Hollywood, his letters to anyone about to report anything nasty about one of his clients are as familiar, and predictable, and apocalyptic, as the Haggadah of Passover, recounting the smiting of the ancient Egyptians.
That nasty news at an ingredient supplier sends voluntary recall ripples among customer companies.
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Origin and Etymology of nasty
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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
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