Nasty definition

năstē
(informal) An offensive, objectionable, or very unpleasant person or thing.
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Very dangerous, troublesome, grievous, etc.

A nasty bruise, a nasty curveball.

adjective
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One that is nasty.
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Very dirty, filthy.
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Morally offensive or indecent.

A nasty film.

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The definition of nasty is something that is very dirty, unpleasant or offensive.

An example of something nasty is the bottom of a dumpster.

An example of something nasty is a person using bad words.

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Unpleasant or annoying.

A nasty habit.

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(chiefly UK) Awkward, difficult to navigate; dangerous. [from 19th c.]
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Nastic response or change.

Epinasty.

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Painful or dangerous; grave.

A nasty accident.

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Exasperatingly difficult to solve or handle.

A nasty puzzle; a nasty problem.

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Disgusting or repellent.

A nasty odor rising from the garbage can.

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Unpleasantly cold or wet.

Nasty weather.

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(archaic) Dirty; filthy.
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Mean or spiteful.

Stop being nasty to each other.

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Offensive in taste or smell; nauseating.
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Morally offensive; indecent.
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(now chiefly US) Dirty, filthy. [from 14th c.]
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Contemptible, unpleasant (of a person). [from 15th c.]
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Objectionable, unpleasant (of a thing); repellant, offensive. [from 16th c.]
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Indecent or offensive; obscene, lewd. [from 17th c.]
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Spiteful, unkind. [from 19th c.]
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(chiefly UK) Grave or dangerous (of an accident, illness etc.). [from 19th c.]
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(slang, chiefly US) Formidable, terrific; wicked. [from 20th c.]
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(informal) Something nasty.

Processed foods are full of aspartame and other nasties.

This video game involves flying through a maze zapping various nasties.

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(euphemistic, preceded by "the") Sexual intercourse.
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Very unpleasant; objectionable.

Nasty weather.

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Mean; malicious; ill-humored.

A nasty temper.

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A condition of plant growth by a (specified) means or in a (specified) direction.

Epinasty.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nasty
Plural:
nasties

Adjective

Base Form:
nasty
Comparative:
nastier
Superlative:
nastiest

Origin of nasty

  • < Gr nastos (see nastic) + -y

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English nasti filthy possibly alteration of Old French nastre bad short for villenastre vilein bad villain -astre pejorative suff. (from Latin -aster)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Greek nastos pressed down nastic –y

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown.

    From Wiktionary