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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 Thomas Nast.

Pronunciation

Adjective

nasty (comparative nastier, superlative nastiest)

Positive
nasty

Comparative
nastier

Superlative
nastiest

  1. disgusting; physically repellent
  2. indecent or offensive
  3. malicious or spiteful
    He tells nasty lies.
  4. very unpleasant
    It was a nasty night to venture out.
  5. grave or dangerous
    The cyclist had a nasty accident.

Noun

Singular
nasty

Plural
nasties

nasty (nasties)
  1. Something nasty.
  2. (euphemism, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Sexual intercourse.

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