adjective, nas·ti·er, nas·ti·est.
noun, plural nas·ties.
Origin of nasty
Definition for nasty (2 of 2)
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|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So is Sam Lutfi a legitimate manager or just a nasty opportunist?Sam Lutfi Is Young Hollywood’s Most Infamous Svengali|Amy Zimmerman|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Use him as the poster child for a nasty, devilish lobbying group being the de facto fourth branch of government.
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|Nick Kotz|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Mr. Walker asked people to send him these vile, nasty pictures of the prophet Muhammad,” he said.
I was foolish drunk,' he says, but there was a look in his eyes that was nasty.Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn
Now, make up your mind to walk right up and forget the nasty little pain.The Blue Birds' Winter Nest|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
And when they drop their nasty bombs, what will you do then, dearie?
A man who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.An Unsocial Socialist|George Bernard Shaw
She's a nasty, insolent, impertinent creature;—that's what she is!The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for nasty (1 of 2)
adjective -tier or -tiest
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for nasty
British Dictionary definitions for nasty (2 of 2)
n combining form
Word Origin for -nasty
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.