nastily

nasty

[nas-tee]
adjective, nastier, nastiest.
1.
physically filthy; disgustingly unclean: a nasty pigsty of a room.
2.
offensive to taste or smell; nauseating.
3.
offensive; objectionable: a nasty habit.
4.
vicious, spiteful, or ugly: a nasty dog; a nasty rumor.
5.
bad or hard to deal with, encounter, undergo, etc.; dangerous; serious: a nasty cut; a nasty accident.
6.
very unpleasant or disagreeable: nasty weather.
7.
morally filthy; obscene; indecent: a nasty word.
8.
Slang. formidable: The young pitcher has a good fast ball and a nasty curve.
noun, plural nasties.
9.
Informal. a nasty person or thing.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < ?

nastily, adverb
nastiness, noun


1. dirty, foul, loathsome. 2. sickening, repulsive, repellent. 6. stormy, inclement. 7. smutty, pornographic.


1. clean, pure.
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nasty (ˈnɑːstɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  unpleasant, offensive, or repugnant
2.  (of an experience, condition, etc) unpleasant, dangerous, or painful: a nasty wound
3.  spiteful, abusive, or ill-natured
4.  obscene or indecent
5.  informal (Brit) nasty piece of work a cruel or mean person
 
n , -tier, -tiest, -ties
6.  an offensive or unpleasant person or thing: a video nasty
 
[C14: origin obscure; probably related to Swedish dialect nasket and Dutch nestig dirty]
 
'nastily
 
adv
 
'nastiness
 
n

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nasty
c.1400, "foul, filthy, dirty, unclean," perhaps from O.Fr. nastre "bad, strange," shortened form of villenastre "infamous, bad," from vilein "villain" + -astre, pejorative suffix, from L. -aster. Alternative etymology is from Du. nestig "dirty," lit. "like a bird's nest." Likely reinforced by a Scand.
source (cf. Swed. dial. naskug "dirty, nasty"). Of weather, from 1634; of things generally, "unpleasant, offensive," from 1705. Of people, "ill-tempered," from 1825.
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