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nastily (ˈnɑːstɪlɪ) 



  1. in a way which is unpleasant, offensive, or repugnant
  2. (of an experience, condition, etc) in a way which is unpleasant, dangerous, or painful
  3. in a way which is spiteful, abusive, or ill-natured   ⇒ `You could hardly call yourself a genius,' she said nastily.   ⇒ `You want it?' Nikko laughed nastily. `Then suppose you ask me for it nicely.'   ⇒ Gareth interrupted, though not nastily.
  4. obscenely or indecently

nasty (ˈnɑːstɪ Pronunciation for nasty



-tier, -tiest
  1. unpleasant, offensive, or repugnant
  2. (of an experience, condition, etc) unpleasant, dangerous, or painful   ⇒ a nasty wound
  3. spiteful, abusive, or ill-natured
  4. obscene or indecent
  5. See nasty piece of work


(plural) -ties
  1. an offensive or unpleasant person or thing   ⇒ a video nasty

Derived Forms

ˈnastily adverb
ˈnastiness noun

Word Origin

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

Example Sentences Including 'nastily'

"He saw me shudder, and said nastily : `Oh, I realize you're a Radio Three man, and probably only watch the news and Mastermind on the box.
Barnard, Robert Death in Purple Prose
) was nastily abusive about my `stinking rooms out with your tobacco fumes" & M. Karlin did her `You're talking rubbish "bit.
Williams Kenneth & Davies, Russell (ed.) The Kenneth Williams Diaries
Afterwards, the cat shot under a table and sat there snarling nastily at its Nightingale.
Misc (1995)
How was the man involved with this new and nastily secret group?
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
If you didn't dislike him, you couldn't begin to think so nastily.
Ashford, Jeffrey A Question of Principle
That was a familiar sentiment in the locker room after Royal St. George's quirky links layout roared nastily yesterday.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
The yellow pith, which surrounds the seeds with a neat symmetry, should be discarded because it is nastily bitter.
Country Life (2005)
Their attempt to ape Modernist style looks unconvincing and clashes nastily with the older buildings near by.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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