Adjective "Nasty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Very bad or unpleasant.
  1. 'dad's had a nasty accident'
  2. 'This might come as a shock to some people, but chickens are the most stinky, repulsive and nasty creatures to walk the earth.'
  3. 'For those who enjoy eating out (or eating in with a takeaway) and thought that by avoiding junk food they could do so healthily, this will have come as a nasty shock.'
  4. 'Still, there are enough dangers on every side, especially from electrically operated gadgets that can give a nasty shock if handled the wrong way.'
  5. 'Publishers, apparently, found it a nasty shock to be ‘up against someone whose skill in driving a bargain equalled if not excelled their own’.'
  6. 'He stalked out of the room before she said anything else nasty to him.'
  7. 'It's a huge skull full of nasty things like rats and guts and caffeine and lifeless craniums and free stuff from the sponsors.'
  8. 'Many firms are trying to set up such systems so that they avoid nasty shocks.'
  9. 'Monday's attack is the latest in a number of nasty incidents that have shocked locals in the town in recent weeks.'
  10. 'Father, why do these words sound so nasty?'
  11. 'From there we went to a nasty bar full of hungry looking western men and western girls dressed like hookers who made an effort to look especially cheap and trashy.'
  12. 'Plans to build a new sewage plant to help free the air of nasty pongs should be given full support, a councillor said today.'
  13. 'It also was a week that began with nasty weather.'
  14. 'The weather was nasty, very, very stormy and a lot of people were seasick.'
  15. 'This will help you to determine where you can stop should anything unexpected arise like a prematurely grumbly tummy or a nasty storm.'
  16. 'Hey, who couldn't love a sport that makes it fun to be outdoors in nasty weather?'
  17. 'This allows easy access at night or in nasty weather.'
  18. 'After what seemed like an eternity of thick fog and really nasty weather, the skies finally cleared up yesterday.'
  19. 'A few months ago, we had a nasty hail storm in Central Iowa.'
  20. 'This monster crashed our plane in that nasty storm and got us all lost!'
  21. 'Despite an occasional nasty storm, Florida still is as close to paradise as you can get year-round.'
  22. 'The once blue sky was already turning angry black, threatening all those below it with a very nasty rain.'
  23. 'her stories are very nasty, full of murder and violence'
  24. 'Sorry, but my mind has been overflowing with nice things and nasty things in equal measure.'
  25. '‘Sectarianism is a community disease - a nasty attitude of the mind like racism,’ he says.'
  26. 'The bad guys coming out full of nasty tricks, the good guys seeing their world crumble around them as everything that can go wrong does.'
  27. 'Like a cartoonist exaggerates a big nose for effect, we use the full power of nasty words as explosives to get our point across.'
  28. 'But the man who led the revolt is a thoroughly nasty piece of work.'
  29. 'If I thought I had seen dirty political tricks as nasty and vile as they could get, I was wrong.'
  30. 'He was a miserable little narrow minded bigot with a nasty temper.'
  31. 'But, hold on, I hear you say, they really are repugnant, nasty, racist scum.'
  32. 'Joe tried to look as his normal-self again; but his mind kept exploding with nasty thoughts towards the girl, Laura.'
  33. 'Perhaps yesterday afternoon I slipped into a parallel world where everyone was really nasty, full of hate and not afraid of showing it?'
Behaving in an unpleasant or spiteful way.
  1. 'Girls engage in catty behavior and nasty comments, judging each other on appearance and material possessions.'
  2. 'That just proves something else, he's selfish - finding humour in someone else's misfortune, is a cruel and nasty thing to do.'
  3. 'His imperialists are often nasty folk who behaved horribly towards the natives under their yoke.'
  4. 'The attendant could have informed me that, sorry, store policy didn't allow men in the dressing rooms, without the rude look or the nasty comments.'
  5. 'Most of them just need jobs, and these jobs are extremely easy to get because of the undesirable, and downright horribly nasty and cruel, nature of the work.'
  6. 'Not just a grudge, but a hateful, vindictive, nasty bitterness that I didn't even know existed until this person's name was brought up.'
  7. 'Still, at least I had a new toy to take my mind off all the nasty comments I was getting.'
  8. 'You are foul, surly, nasty, unhelpful, unpleasant and clearly you have a lot of issues.'
  9. 'Sometimes, the most rational interpretation of someone's behaviour is that they are nasty, sadistic or cruel.'
  10. 'He admits that he ‘may be overzealous at times,’ maybe even nasty or rude.'
  11. 'life has a nasty habit of repeating itself'
  12. 'Over time, politicians develop various nasty habits, and one of them is the use of phrases that do not actually mean what they say.'
  13. 'Unfortunately, plenty of investors develop the nasty habit of boasting of their gains instead of contemplating possible overvaluation concerns.'
  14. 'Not so much by personal preference, but more so by the busy nature of my schoolwork and, of course, that nasty habit of playing computer games that irk parents so.'
  15. 'But at the very least we must do our own house cleaning, change our downright nasty habits of further polluting an already over-polluted environment.'
  16. 'In the nursery school language of heroes and villains, there is no word for someone capable of good and bad, so the disappointment has a nasty habit of being backdated.'
  17. 'Just too many nasty trick questions and annoying video clips of past statements, but that's why you get the big money.'
  18. 'The trouble with pulling the covers over your head and hiding from reality is that reality has a nasty habit of sticking around.'
  19. 'But events have this nasty habit of coming along and disturbing all your best-laid plans, don't they?'
  20. 'Mail, keys, change, Peter's camera equipment, books, plastic bags, and all manner of other debris have a nasty habit of collecting on that coffee table.'
Damaging or harmful.
  1. 'Your luscious locks can also suffer from heat damage and nasty rays from the sun so they need some protection too.'
  2. 'If left unchecked, free radicals cause nasty damage to the body's cell membranes and DNA.'


An unpleasant or harmful person or thing.
  1. 'The problem with these nasties is that they lack motivation: it's impossible to tell whether they act out of naïvety, malice or both.'
  2. 'Together, they are close to finding a way to vaporise the nasties once and for all.'
  3. 'He lives there with Cynthia, paranoid that the nasties out to get him in the first film will return.'
  4. 'Some of those little nasties found innocent of producing havoc in the immune system were: low ferritin concentrations and elevated uric acid and phosphokinase and cortisol levels.'
  5. 'Yet despite the presence of molds, bacteria, and other nasties, most archaeological sites, including tombs, have proven safe for science and tourism alike.'
  6. 'The bad guys again break one of the cardinal rules for being an evil nasty: When you have the chance to kill your nemesis, do it!'
  7. 'Firstly, both human and digital nasties constantly evolve, as do the malicious tactics of intruders.'
  8. 'A laconic, crimson-coloured anti-hero, he is a half-human, half-demon agent in a government agency that fights paranormal nasties.'
  9. 'This place is run by a collection of idiots and nasties, who force the boys to dig holes in the sweltering sun.'
  10. 'In Australia, medical specialists and toxicologists know about the cancer links, but the research hasn't been done in this country to separate diesel exhaust from other nasties in the environment.'
  11. 'Blockbusters won't be stocking the new nasties.'


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. formidab

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be nasty to people."

"humans can be nasty to things."

"weathers can be nasty in/at/on weeks."

"somes can be nasty in/at/on years."

"russians can be nasty to baptists."

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Late Middle English: of unknown origin.


a nasty one
a nasty piece (or bit) of work