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 nasty (audio) \ adverb
nastiness \ ˈna-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce nasty (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 But the nasty weather didn’t stop thousands of football fans from showing up downtown to participate in some of the fun. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Downtown Cleveland restaurants, bars welcome fans on first day of NFL Draft," 30 Apr. 2021 Now, the material, from nasty or barbed online memes and videos to overtly racist calls for violent conflict, is the product of countless people, operating independently. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, "From memes to race war: How extremists use popular culture to lure recruits," 30 Apr. 2021 As more people are fully vaccinated, some patrons think the rules no longer apply to them, sparking sometimes nasty confrontations. BostonGlobe.com, "Call it ‘enforcement fatigue’: Restaurant workers are tired of fighting unruly customers," 30 Apr. 2021 But relatives often get nasty and say hurtful things. Los Angeles Times, "Funeral pyres burn. Gravediggers know no rest. India’s COVID-19 crisis is a ‘nightmare’," 28 Apr. 2021 This region has shown elevated levels of manmade chemicals and it was once used as a dumping ground by companies that wanted to get rid of waste products and other nasty toxins. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Someone dumped 25,000 barrels of toxic DDT off the coast of California," 28 Apr. 2021 Shohei Ohtani blowing a nasty slider past the cleanup hitter. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "A grim Bay Area baseball season ahead? Giants, A's say it ain't so," 27 Apr. 2021 Plays with a nasty and confident demeanor on the field. USA TODAY, "2021 NFL draft CB rankings: Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley among top cornerback prospects," 27 Apr. 2021 Easy to apply, streak-free and fas-drying this dose of sunshine in a bottle leaves zero traces of fake tan including that nasty smell. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, "Beauty Tricks And Tips For A Sun-Kissed Summer Glow All Year Long," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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“Nasty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nasty. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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