- 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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- a combining form with the meaning “nastic pressure,” of the kind or in the direction specified by the initial element: hyponasty.
Origin of -nasty
Examples from the Web for nasty
An aerial image shows what appears to be a spa, roiling water apparently carrying no nasty connotations.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
So is Sam Lutfi a legitimate manager or just a nasty opportunist?Sam Lutfi Is Young Hollywood’s Most Infamous Svengali
October 17, 2014
Use him as the poster child for a nasty, devilish lobbying group being the de facto fourth branch of government.Where the Hell Is the Surgeon General?
Roland S. Martin
October 9, 2014
In the midst of that fierce winter, Anna fell ill, developing a nasty, lingering cough.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
“Mr. Walker asked people to send him these vile, nasty pictures of the prophet Muhammad,” he said.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
The adult who is nasty is not allowed to do what he likes: neither can the child who likes to be nasty.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
Miss Georgie was, without doubt, in a nasty temper that night.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
It's nasty to have the dirt jumpin' up right where you've got to walk.Southern Lights and Shadows
They've been just gorging chickens this last year—nasty beasts!The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
I hoped, however, that diplomacy might still save us all sorts of a nasty row.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- 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
- indicating a nastic movement to a certain stimulusnyctinasty
Word Origin and History for nasty
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.