Definitions for nastyˈnæs ti

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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. nasty, awful(adj)

    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

  2. nasty, tight(adj)

    exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent

    "a nasty problem"; "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation"

  3. cruddy, filthy, foul, nasty, smutty(adj)

    characterized by obscenity

    "had a filthy mouth"; "foul language"; "smutty jokes"

  4. filthy, foul, nasty(adj)

    disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter

    "as filthy as a pigsty"; "a foul pond"; "a nasty pigsty of a room"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nasty(adjective)ˈnæs ti

    very unkind

    nasty remarks

  2. nastyˈnæs ti

    unpleasant or disgusting

    a nasty smell; The food looked nasty.

  3. nastyˈnæs ti

    serious or damaging

    a nasty accident


  1. nasty(Noun)

    Something nasty.

  2. nasty(Noun)

    Sexual intercourse.

  3. nasty(Adjective)

    Dirty, filthy.

  4. nasty(Adjective)

    Contemptible, unpleasant (of a person).

  5. nasty(Adjective)

    Objectionable, unpleasant (of a thing); repellant, offensive.

  6. nasty(Adjective)

    Indecent or offensive; obscene, lewd.

  7. nasty(Adjective)

    Spiteful, unkind.

  8. nasty(Adjective)

    Awkward, difficult to navigate; dangerous.

  9. nasty(Adjective)

    Grave or dangerous (of an accident, illness etc.).

  10. nasty(Adjective)

    Formidable, terrific; wicked.

  11. Origin: Origin unknown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nasty

    offensively filthy; very dirty, foul, or defiled; disgusting; nauseous

  2. Nasty

    hence, loosely: Offensive; disagreeable; unpropitious; wet; drizzling; as, a nasty rain, day, sky

  3. Nasty

    characterized by obcenity; indecent; indelicate; gross; filthy


  1. Nasty

    "Nasty" is the second single from Janet Jackson's third studio album, Control. Released in 1986, the single peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and remains one of Jackson's signature songs. Paula Abdul choreographed the music video and appeared in it as well as one of Jackson's friends. The line "My first name ain't baby, it's Janet, Miss Jackson if you're nasty" became a national catchphrase. The song won for Favorite Soul/R&B Single at the 1987 American Music Awards. It ranked number 30 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years, number 45 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s, and number 79 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Pop Songs. "Weird Al" Yankovic included the chorus in his 1986 polka medley "Polka Party!." Britney Spears covered "Nasty", along with "Black Cat" during her ...Baby One More Time Tour.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nasty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2075

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nasty' in Adjectives Frequency: #632

Anagrams of nasty

  1. antsy, Santy, tansy

  2. Antsy

  3. Santy

  4. Tansy

Translations for nasty

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


unpleasant to the senses

a nasty smell.

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