nasty
adjective (nastier; -est) Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. a. disgustingly filthy b. physically repugnant 2. indecent, obscene 3. mean, tawdry 4. a. extremely hazardous or harmful <
a nasty undertow
>
b. causing severe pain or suffering <
a nasty wound
>
<
a nasty fall
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c. sharply unpleasant ; disagreeable <
nasty weather
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5. a. difficult to understand or deal with <
a nasty problem
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<
a nasty curveball
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b. psychologically unsettling ; trying <
a nasty fear that she was lost
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6. lacking in courtesy or sportsmanship <
a nasty trick
>
Synonyms: see dirtynastily adverbnastiness nounnasty noun

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