AskDefine | Define nasty

Dictionary Definition

nasty adj
1 offensive or even (of persons) malicious; "in a nasty mood"; "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound [syn: awful] [ant: nice]
2 exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent; "a nasty problem"; "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation" [syn: tight]
3 thoroughly unpleasant; "filthy (or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having" [syn: filthy, foul, vile]
4 characterized by obscenity; "had a filthy mouth"; "foul language"; "smutty jokes" [syn: filthy, foul, smutty]
5 disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter; "as filthy as a pigsty"; "a foul pond"; "a nasty pigsty of a room" [syn: filthy, foul] [also: nastiest, nastier]

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English

Etymology

Unknown. Theories include:
  • Old French nastre = "bad, strange", shortened form of villenastre ="infamous, bad", from vilein = "villain" + -astre (pejorative suffix, from Latin -aster).
  • Dutch nestig = "dirty", literally "like a bird's nest".
  • Old High German naz = "wet"
  • Likely reinforced by a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish dialect naskug = "dirty, nasty").
  • A hardened form of an old word "neshy" = "soft".
  • Modern usage of the word "nasty" is sometimes attributed to the very popular but often derogatory 19th Century American political cartoons of Thomas Nast.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. disgusting; physically repellent
  2. indecent or offensive
  3. malicious or spiteful
    He tells nasty lies.
  4. very unpleasant
    It was a nasty night to venture out.
  5. grave or dangerous
    The cyclist had a nasty accident.

Noun

  1. something nasty

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Nasty could mean any of these:-

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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