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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



combining form in countable noun

  1. indicating a nastic movement to a certain stimulus   ⇒ nyctinasty

Derived Forms

-nastic combining form in adjective

Word Origin

from Greek nastos pressed down, close-pressed

Translations for 'nasty'

  • British English: nastyPronunciation for nasty Something that is nasty is very unpleasant or unattractive.The tax increase was a nasty surprise for businesses.ˈnɑːstɪ ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: كَرِيهٌPronunciation for كَرِيهٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: desagradávelPronunciation for desagradável
  • Chinese: 令人不悦的Pronunciation for 令人不悦的
  • Croatian: gadanPronunciation for gadan gadna
  • Czech: nepříjemnýPronunciation for nepříjemný
  • Danish: nederdrægtigPronunciation for nederdrægtig
  • Dutch: gemeenPronunciation for gemeen
  • European Spanish: desagradablePronunciation for desagradablemalo
  • Finnish: pahaPronunciation for pahailkeä
  • French: méchantPronunciation for méchant
  • German: scheußlichPronunciation for scheußlich
  • Greek: αντιπαθητικόςPronunciation for αντιπαθητικός αντιπαθητική
  • Italian: sgradevolePronunciation for sgradevole
  • Japanese: 嫌なPronunciation for 嫌な
  • Korean: 고약한Pronunciation for 고약한
  • Norwegian: utriveligPronunciation for utrivelig
  • Polish: złośliwyPronunciation for złośliwy złośliwa
  • Portuguese: desagradávelPronunciation for desagradável
  • Romanian: neplăcut neplăcut, neplăcută, neplăcuți, neplăcute
  • Russian: противныйPronunciation for противный противная
  • Spanish: desagradablePronunciation for desagradable
  • Swedish: elakPronunciation for elak elakt
  • Thai: น่ารังเกียจPronunciation for น่ารังเกียจ
  • Turkish: berbatPronunciation for berbat
  • Ukrainian: неприємний
  • Vietnamese: làm bực mìnhPronunciation for làm bực mình

Example Sentences Including 'nasty'

Glad to see you so chipper after your nasty experience at the weekend.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
Having a mum who sues her boy just for being nasty to her on a record shows how well-balanced she is.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
I suspect he was ploughing the Countess of Avebury and she had a nasty habit of blackmail.
Bernard Cornwell GALLOWS THIEF (2002)
Lukewarm economic news and escalating fears of a war in Iraq contributed to the nasty mood.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Outside Toronto, business types don't like risking contact with a nasty little disease.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Particularly now she'd bribed her evil landlord with several boxes of nasty cheap continental lager to get himself out the house.
Strong and nasty with tinted glasses and too much jewellery and a fondness for small children.
The jockey suffered the injury after a nasty looking fall in the second race at Exeter.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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