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Definitions of nasty

nasty  (ˈnɑːstɪ

Definitions

adjective

-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

noun

(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

-nasty

Definitions

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: nasty Something that is nasty is very unpleasant or unattractive.The tax increase was a nasty surprise for businesses.ˈnɑːstɪ ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: كَرِيهٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: desagradável
  • Chinese: 令人不悦的
  • Croatian: gadan gadna
  • Czech: nepříjemný
  • Danish: nederdrægtig
  • Dutch: gemeen
  • European Spanish: desagradablemalo
  • Finnish: pahailkeä
  • French: méchant
  • German: scheußlich
  • Greek: αντιπαθητικός αντιπαθητική
  • Italian: sgradevole
  • Japanese: 嫌な
  • Korean: 고약한
  • Norwegian: utrivelig
  • Polish: złośliwy złośliwa
  • Portuguese: desagradável
  • Romanian: neplăcut neplăcut, neplăcută, neplăcuți, neplăcute
  • Russian: противный противная
  • Spanish: desagradable
  • Swedish: elak elakt
  • Thai: น่ารังเกียจ
  • Turkish: berbat
  • Ukrainian: неприємний
  • Vietnamese: làm bực mình

Example Sentences Including 'nasty'

Particularly now she'd bribed her evil landlord with several boxes of nasty cheap continental lager to get himself out the house.
Jenny Colgan LOOKING FOR ANDREW McCARTHY (2002)
Strong and nasty with tinted glasses and too much jewellery and a fondness for small children.
Robert Wilson INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS (2002)
Glad to see you so chipper after your nasty experience at the weekend.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)

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