- physically filthy; disgustingly unclean: a nasty pigsty of a room.
- offensive to taste or smell; nauseating.
- offensive; objectionable: a nasty habit.
- vicious, spiteful, or ugly: a nasty dog; a nasty rumor.
- bad or hard to deal with, encounter, undergo, etc.; dangerous; serious: a nasty cut; a nasty accident.
- very unpleasant or disagreeable: nasty weather.
- morally filthy; obscene; indecent: a nasty word.
- Slang. formidable: The young pitcher has a good fast ball and a nasty curve.
- Informal. a nasty person or thing.
Origin of nasty
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Examples from the Web for nastily
David Foster Wallace nastily imagined readers “under 40” asking about Updike, in a 1997 essay.Writing Off Updike
February 1, 2009
(nastily spoken) I always said, if she came there would be trouble.Niobe, All Smiles
Harry Paulton and Edward A. (Edward Antonio) Paulton
“I say though, but you kept it devilish dark,” he said, nastily.A Frontier Mystery
"When I want to hear your side of the story, I'll ask you for it," Goil said nastily.Jack of No Trades
"Doesn't take her mind off herself," suggested the doctor, nastily.Mavis of Green Hill
"You don't seem to have much confidence in your own medical opinions," he said nastily.In Jeopardy
Van Tassel Sutphen
- unpleasant, offensive, or repugnant
- (of an experience, condition, etc) unpleasant, dangerous, or painfula nasty wound
- spiteful, abusive, or ill-natured
- obscene or indecent
- nasty piece of work British informal a cruel or mean person
- an offensive or unpleasant person or thinga video nasty
Word Origin and History for nastily
c.1400, "foul, filthy, dirty, unclean," of unknown origin; perhaps [Barnhart] from Old French nastre "miserly, envious, malicious, spiteful," shortened form of villenastre "infamous, bad," from vilein "villain" + -astre, pejorative suffix, from Latin -aster.
Alternative etymology [OED] is from Dutch nestig "dirty," literally "like a bird's nest." Likely reinforced in either case by a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish dialectal naskug "dirty, nasty"), which also might be the source of the Middle English word. Of weather, from 1630s; of things generally, "unpleasant, offensive," from 1705. Of people, "ill-tempered," from 1825. Noun meaning "something nasty" is from 1935. Related: Nastily; nastiness.