nasty

adjective
nas·​ty | \ˈna-stē \
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 2) 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 \ adverb
nastiness \ ˈna-​stē-​nəs \ 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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Nevada The race to be Nevada’s first Democratic governor in two decades has made the Democratic gubernatorial primary a nasty one -- with Trump, the National Rifle Association and the Las Vegas concert shooting coming into play. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Tuesday primaries showcase bruising races for governor," 12 June 2018 The latest chapter in a history of one of the NBA’s best feuds was a nasty one. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "7 Game 4 moments of Lance Stephenson wreaking havoc on LeBron, Cavaliers," 24 Apr. 2018 The latest chapter in a history of one of the NBA's best feuds was a nasty one. Charles Curtis, USA TODAY, "7 moments of Lance Stephenson wreaking havoc," 23 Apr. 2018 But shots fired early in the contest seem to indicate the race will be a nasty one. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "Republican Dave Yost makes new ad buy attacking opponent Steve Dettelbach," 18 Apr. 2018 This year’s flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, so far sending 8,990 Americans to the hospital and killing 30 children. NBC News, "AI is helping turn the tide against flu in two important ways," 24 Jan. 2018 The man’s tone wasn’t particularly nasty, and Forchion didn’t expect matters to escalate. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "'I could feel percussion of the shots,' Trenton festival shooting witness," 17 June 2018 The rest was almost purely attacks in a race some national pundits have dubbed one of the nastiest primaries in America. Brian Slodysko, Post-Tribune, "GOP Senate hopefuls keep up attacks in final debate," 1 May 2018 One thing that might be nastier and even less fun would be getting sick because of parasites. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "McDonald's Salads Possibly Linked to Parasite," 13 July 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 \
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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