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NASTY (nastier, nastiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nasty mean? 

NASTY (adjective)
  The adjective NASTY has 4 senses:

1. offensive or even (of persons) malicious
2. exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
3. characterized by obscenity
4. disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter

  Familiarity information: NASTY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

NASTY (adjective)

Sense 1nasty [BACK TO TOP]


Offensive or even (of persons) malicious


nasty; awful

Context examples:

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?


dirty; filthy; lousy (vile; despicable)

grotty (very unpleasant or offensive)

hateful; mean (characterized by malice)


unpleasant (disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings)


nastiness (the quality of being unpleasant)


nice (pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance)

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Exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent


nasty; tight

Context examples:

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


difficult; hard (not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure)

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Characterized by obscenity


smutty; nasty; filthy; foul

Context examples:

had a filthy mouth / foul language / smutty jokes


dirty ((of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency)

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Disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter


filthy; nasty; foul

Context examples:

as filthy as a pigsty / a foul pond / a nasty pigsty of a room


dirty; soiled; unclean (soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime)

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