Dictionary.com

nasty

[ nas-tee ]
/ 藞n忙s ti /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: nasty / nastiness on Thesaurus.com

adjective, nas路ti路er, nas路ti路est.
noun, plural nas路ties.
Informal. a nasty person or thing.
QUIZ
CUDDLE UP! A COZY QUIZ ON FALL WORDS HAS ARRIVED
If autumn is your ideal season, spice up your repertoire of "fall" vocabulary with this quiz on some warm and vivid descriptive words for the season.
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means 鈥渢o make a crackling sound; crackle鈥?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of nasty

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English, further origin unknown

OTHER WORDS FROM nasty

nas路ti路ly, adverbnas路ti路ness, noun

Other definitions for nasty (2 of 2)

-nasty

a combining form with the meaning 鈥渘astic pressure,鈥 of the kind or in the direction specified by the initial element:hyponasty.

Origin of -nasty

<Greek nast(贸s) pressed close (see nastic) + -y3
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use nasty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nasty (1 of 2)

nasty
/ (藞n蓱藧st瑟) /

adjective -tier or -tiest
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
noun plural -ties
an offensive or unpleasant person or thinga video nasty

Derived forms of nasty

nastily, adverbnastiness, noun

Word Origin for nasty

C14: origin obscure; probably related to Swedish dialect nasket and Dutch nestig dirty

British Dictionary definitions for nasty (2 of 2)

-nasty

n combining form
indicating a nastic movement to a certain stimulusnyctinasty

Derived forms of -nasty

-nastic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -nasty

from Greek nastos pressed down, close-pressed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK