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

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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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Those models are now pushing up daisies, killed by a nasty collision with data. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists report electron is round—what does that mean?," 7 Nov. 2018 The Sixth Sense suggested an immense mainstream market for psychological horror built around big twists, while Saw revealed an equally dedicated market for gory, nasty, cheaply made movies with their own sharp surprises. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 And for those folks with underlying chronic conditions, influenza is certainly nasty, and potentially deadly. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "No, the Flu Shot Is Not 100 Percent Effective. Yes, You Still Need It," 27 Sep. 2018 Elections can get nasty, personal, and competitive, and that can be unattractive to people without a special interest in politics, or really to anyone who doesn't want to get into the drama of the moment. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who to Vote for in the 2018 Midterms: A Complete Guide to Figuring It Out," 13 Sep. 2018 In flashback, there was William the philanthropist, hosting fancy fundraisers and sighing as nasty rich people blathered on at him. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Who Cares About the Man in Black?," 17 June 2018 But in Indiana, the Senate primary has been so nasty that any of the three main Republican candidates could come limping out of Tuesday night, particularly if the contest is very closely divided. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Seven things to watch in today's primary elections," 8 May 2018 Ward is a quiet kid, to the point that Fox had concerns early on if Ward would be nasty enough to play football at a high level. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Who is Denzel Ward? Why your favorite team just picked him the 2018 NFL Draft," 26 Apr. 2018 These are nasty people in the Trump sense of the word. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Ryan Holiday on Gawker: “These Are Nasty People”," 5 Mar. 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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