Complete Definition of "nasty"

English

Etymology
Unknown. Theories include:
Old French nastre "bad, strange", shortened form of villenastre"infamous, bad", from vilein = "villain" + -astre (pejorative suffix, from Latin -aster).
Dutch nestig = "dirty", literally "like a bird's nest".
Old High German naz = "wet"
Likely reinforced by a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish dialect naskug = "dirty, nasty").
A hardened form of an old word "neshy" = "soft".
Modern usage of the word "nasty" is sometimes attributed to the very popular but often derogatory 19th Century American political cartoons of w:Thomas Nast|Thomas Nast.

Pronunciation
(RP)
*IPA|/ËnÉË.sti/
audio|en-us-nasty.ogg|Audio (US)
*rhymes|ÉËsti
(Australian English|AusE?)
*IPA|/ËnaË.sti/
*rhymes|ÉËsti
(GenAm?)
*IPA|/Ënæs.ti/
*rhymes|æsti

Adjective
en-adj|nastier|nastiest

  1. disgusting; physically repellent
  2. indecent or offensive
  3. malicious or spiteful

#:He tells nasty lies.

  1. very unpleasant

#:It was a nasty night to venture out.

  1. grave or dangerous

#:The cyclist had a nasty accident.

Noun
en-noun|nasties

  1. something nasty

Related terms
video nasty
do the nasty

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