Definition of nasty
- nasty living conditions
- a nasty taste
- a nasty undertow
- a nasty wound
- a nasty fall
- nasty weather
- a nasty problem
- a nasty curveball
- a nasty fear that she was lost
- a nasty trick
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
bedraggled, befouled, begrimed, bemired, besmirched, black, blackened, cruddy, dingy, dirty, draggled, dusty, filthy, foul, grimy, grubby, grungy, mucky, muddy, smudged, smutty, soiled, sordid, stained, sullied, unclean, uncleanly;
: very unpleasant to see, smell, taste, etc.
: indecent and offensive
: unpleasant and unkind
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