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nasty

[ nas-tee ]
/ 藞n忙s ti /
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adjective, nas路ti路er, nas路ti路est.
noun, plural nas路ties.
Informal. a nasty person or thing.
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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
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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
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