Definitions for -nasty

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nas•tyˈnæs ti(adj.)-ti•er, -ti•est

  1. (adj.)disgustingly unclean; filthy.

  2. offensive to taste or smell; nauseating.

  3. indecent or obscene:

    a nasty word.

  4. highly objectionable or unpleasant.

  5. vicious, spiteful, or ugly.

  6. bad to deal with or experience:

    a nasty cut; a nasty accident.

  7. Slang. formidable:

    a nasty pitching arm.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  8. (n.)a nasty person or thing.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of nasty:

1350–1400; earlier also naxty, naxte, naskie, ME, prob. < ON



  1. a combining form with the meaning “nastic pressure,” of the kind or in the direction specified by the initial element:


    Category: Affix

Origin of -nasty:

< Gk nast(ós) pressed close (see nastic ) + -y3


  1. -nasty(Suffix)

    relating to a nastic change


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