adjective, nas·ti·er, nas·ti·est.
noun, plural nas·ties.
Origin of nasty
Examples from the Web for nastily
David Foster Wallace nastily imagined readers “under 40” asking about Updike, in a 1997 essay.
Balt said nastily, "I am astonished that you persist in bringing members of the lower orders into my home, Nadine."Frigid Fracas|Dallas McCord Reynolds
One of them was nastily peppered about the heart with shrapnel and asked: "When shall we be shot?"Eighteen Months in the War Zone|Kate John Finzi
I have had my passions, and once I was in love with a lady—very handsome—and I loved her nastily, like a dog.The Live Corpse|Leo Tolstoy
adjective -tier or -tiest
noun plural -ties
Word Origin 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.