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adjective nasty pronunciation in American English /ˈnæsti/
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adjectivenasty
comparativenastier
superlativenastiest
  1. 1
    nasty behavior is unkind or offensive
    She said some very nasty things about him.
    a nasty look
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    1. a.
      a nasty person says or does unkind things to people
      a mean, nasty man/woman/child
      You’ve been really nasty to me all week – what’s going on?
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    2. b.
      used for talking about behavior and people that are threatening
      Some really nasty people are looking for him.
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  2. 2
    very unpleasant to taste, smell, see, or feel
    a nasty cold wind
    nasty-looking bugs
    cheap and nasty: cheap and nasty red wine
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    1. a.
      a nasty situation is unpleasant or upsetting
      a nasty divorce/job
      a nasty shock/surprise: My phone bill came as a nasty shock.
  3. 3
    serious or dangerous
    a nasty accident/injury/cough/cold
    some nasty environmental effects
    a nasty storm
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nastily

adverb
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nastiness

noun [uncountable]

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