unpleasant or offensive in a physical or moral way; characterized by a desire to harm others or cause trouble.


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Part of speech



Disgusting, revolting, foul, objectionable, repugnant, unpleasant, unsavory, offensive, mean, vicious


Nice, pleasant, agreeable, lovely, good-natured, kind

Example sentences

  • The nasty odor coming from the dumpster was making it difficult to breathe.
  • She has a nasty habit of interrupting others when they are speaking.
  • The weather was nasty and it was raining heavily.


The word “nasty” is used to describe something that is unpleasant, offensive or distasteful. It can refer to physical things like bad-tasting food or unpleasant weather, or to behavior or attitudes that are mean or unkind. “Nasty” has a connotation of being unpleasant or offensive, so it is often used to describe things that are unpleasant or that people would rather avoid. In general, the word nasty conveys a sense of disgust or disapproval, and is often used to express negative opinions about someone or something. For example, a person who has a habit of being rude and mean could be described as nasty, and a food that tastes terrible could also be described as nasty