nasty

nasty
[[t]nɑ͟ːsti, næ̱sti[/t]]
nasties, nastier, nastiest
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is nasty is very unpleasant to see, experience, or feel.

...an extremely nasty murder...

This divorce could turn nasty.

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nastiness N-UNCOUNT

...the nastiness of war.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe a person or their behaviour as nasty, you mean that they behave in an unkind and unpleasant way.

What nasty little snobs you all are...

The guards looked really nasty...

Mummy is so nasty to me when Daddy isn't here.

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nice, kind
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nastily ADV-GRADED ADV after v

She took the money and eyed me nastily...

Nikki laughed nastily.

nastiness N-UNCOUNT

As the years went by his nastiness began to annoy his readers.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as nasty, you mean it is unattractive, undesirable, or in bad taste.

...Emily's nasty little house in Balham...

That damned Farrel made some nasty jokes here about Mr. Lane.

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4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A nasty problem or situation is very worrying and difficult to deal with.

A spokesman said this firm action had defused a very nasty situation.

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5) ADJ-GRADED If you describe an injury or a disease as nasty, you mean that it is serious or looks unpleasant.

My little granddaughter caught her heel in the spokes of her bicycle - it was a very nasty wound...

Lili had a nasty chest infection.

6) N-PLURAL Nasties are unpleasant or harmful people or things. [INFORMAL]

...evil organisations, peopled with nasties...

Decaffeinated coffee still contains some stimulants and other nasties linked with cancer.

7) See also video nasty

English dictionary. 2008.

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