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Nasty means unpleasant. It's the opposite of nice.

  • David is very nice. He's warm and friendly. But his brother is a nasty character. He's rude and unpleasant.
Check out collocations
  • a nasty smell ( = unpleasant)
  • a nasty taste ( = unpleasant)
  • a nasty person ( = unkind)
  • a nasty look ( = threatening)
  • a nasty mind ( = morally bad)
  • nasty weather ( = bad/dangerous)
  • a nasty cut ( = deep/painful)
  • a nasty accident ( = bad/serious)
  • a nasty shock ( = bad/severe)
Check out expressions
  • cheap and nasty.
    ( = inexpensive and bad quality)
    What do you expect? It was a cheap and nasty watch. No wonder it's broken.
  • a nasty business.
    ( = an unpleasant, upsetting situation)
    We had to tell the boy his parents were dead. It was a nasty business.
  • turn nasty.
    ( = suddenly become threatening)
    She was OK if she trusted you, but if she didn't, she could turn really nasty.
  • a nasty feeling
    ( = a feeling that something bad has happened or will happen)
    I have a nasty feeling that I've left my wallet on the bus.
  • a nasty habit
    ( = a bad habit)
    He has a nasty habit of losing his temper when he is driving.
  • to leave a nasty taste in your mouth.
    ( = to be an unpleasant or upsetting experience)
    My boss was so rude when I left that job. It left a nasty taste in my mouth.
  • a nasty piece of work.
    ( = an unkind, unpleasant, untrustworthy person)
    He's a nasty piece of work. He's been in trouble with the police many times.
Check out other related words
  • unpleasant
  • horrible
  • disgusting
  • threatening

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