Definitions for nastiness

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. filth, filthiness, foulness, nastiness(noun)

    a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse

  2. cattiness, bitchiness, spite, spitefulness, nastiness(noun)

    malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

  3. nastiness(noun)

    the quality of being unpleasant

    "I flinched at the nastiness of his wound"


  1. nastiness(Noun)

    a lack of cleanliness

  2. nastiness(Noun)

    , dirt or filth

  3. nastiness(Noun)

    indecency or corruption

  4. nastiness(Noun)

    an unpleasant or disagreeable action, taste or smell

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nastiness(noun)

    the quality or state of being nasty; extreme filthness; dirtiness; also, indecency; obscenity

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