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 Restaurant workers would prefer to collect unemployment checks than have to worry about catching and spreading Covid-19, while also dealing with customers who refuse to wear masks or make nasty comments to the wait staff who wear one. Jack Kelly, Forbes, "A Record-Setting 8.1 Million New Jobs Were Added In April—But Why Can’t Companies Find Workers?," 11 May 2021 Despite some nasty weather, the family has been present to cheer her on. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "We asked you to nominate Sports Moms of the Year. Read about these amazing women.," 8 May 2021 Central Florida had some pretty nasty weather over the weekend with strong wind, heavy downpours, hail while possible tornadoes formed around the state. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Watch video: Hail bombards Central Florida; possible tornado sightings around state," 12 Apr. 2021 There are nasty comments about the price display being covered, along with photos of expensive receipts. Kyle Iboshi, oregonlive, "Drivers with sticker shock discover Oregon doesn’t require stations to display gas prices," 10 Apr. 2021 The wretched litany is a nearly Hobbesian nightmare: nasty and brutish, but not short. Sigrid Macrae, Harper's Magazine, "Two Germanys," 16 Mar. 2021 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

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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 14 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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