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nasty

adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bad/terrible/nasty temper
▪ He ran back home in a terrible temper.
a horrible/nasty/horrific accident
▪ We narrowly avoided a nasty accident.
▪ ‘This was an absolutely horrific accident,’ said an ambulance spokesman.
a nasty cold (also a heavy cold British English) (= a bad one)
▪ He sounded as if he had a heavy cold.
a nasty injury (=quite bad)
▪ Fairground rides can cause some nasty injuries.
a nasty shockespecially BrE (= one that is very unpleasant and upsetting)
▪ Come and sit down. You’ve had a nasty shock.
a nasty/awful suspicion
▪ Suddenly I had a nasty suspicion that the boss was going to make me redundant.
a nasty/horrible bug
▪ It was a really nasty bug.
a nasty/violent cough (=a very bad cough)
an annoying/unpleasant/nasty habit
▪ He had the unpleasant habit of eating with his mouth open.
an ugly/nasty rumour (=a rumour about something bad)
▪ Ugly rumours persisted that there had been a cover-up.
an unpleasant/nasty surprise
▪ We don’t want any unpleasant surprises.
bad/nasty (=wide or deep and bleeding a lot)
▪ The cut looked quite bad.
▪ How did you get that nasty cut?
cheap and nasty
▪ The furniture looked cheap and nasty.
nasty informal (= a serious infection)
▪ He’s got a really nasty infection.
nasty/unpleasant
▪ Some tablets have a nasty taste.
the weather turns cold/nasty etc (also it turns cold/nasty etc)
▪ Then it turned cold and started to rain.
turn nasty/mean/violent etc (=suddenly become angry, violent etc)
▪ The police are worried that the situation could turn violent.
video nasty
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
particularly
▪ Could it be just a particularly nasty stomach bug that was taking its sweet time about leaving?
▪ Stewart walked off with the look of one who was the sole survivor of a particularly nasty plane crash.
▪ Walken is particularly nasty as a paralyzed gangster who gets what fun he can by making people squirm.
▪ Det Insp Tom Henry says it was a particularly nasty incident and a stupid act for anyone to do.
▪ But this was a particularly nasty clash, for a couple of reasons.
▪ The last one - it happened only last year - was particularly nasty.
▪ Eventually she manages to deliver a particularly nasty jab and he goes up.
pretty
▪ Men can be pretty nasty too.
▪ Cormorants can be pretty nasty with their beaks.
▪ Whatever it was, he felt it must be pretty nasty.
rather
▪ He walks with head erect but looking as though there is a rather nasty smell in the area.
▪ Before his accident the Dean had created a rather nasty scene with Jason.
▪ Oh, dear, oh, dear, this is all turning into a rather nasty mess, isn't it?
▪ There was something rather nasty about the robe of woven-together eyes.
really
▪ If that was just a warning I didn't want to be around when they got really nasty.
▪ My own whip was a perfect gentleman, but it was really other colleagues who got really nasty.
▪ Browns and beiges can be really nasty, they always look like soup has been spilled down them.
▪ It could have been really nasty, you know.
▪ If he continues exploring, he may bump into something really nasty and die.
▪ Since the birth of her baby brother she had turned really nasty.
so
▪ Some of them were so nasty that they had learned to disguise most symptoms of ill health from her.
▪ Shoveling is considered so nasty that the tortured feel they must reward themselves by laying permanent claim to their handiwork.
▪ Viewers will see what makes nasty Norma, the receptionist so nasty.
▪ Unfortunately, that area is so nasty and so congested, they started losing business.
very
▪ He had been confirmed as Bernhard Hoppe, ex-con, bank robber, gangster, very nasty and a real low-life.
▪ But I do know that all them Varneys have been very nasty to me and so forth and so on.
▪ But the stall keeper refused to change it and was very nasty to her.
▪ It was a very nasty game.
▪ I am beginning to have a very nasty feeling about this one.
▪ About five weeks ago there was a very nasty accident, fortunately nobody was injured, unlike this time.
▪ Mortars, especially, are very nasty against large enemy units.
▪ They could sometimes turn very nasty where the Capellans were concerned.
■ NOUN
accident
▪ It could be anything from a charge of treason to a nasty accident.
▪ But you can narrow the odds of a nasty accident happening in your home by being more safety-conscious.
▪ About five weeks ago there was a very nasty accident, fortunately nobody was injured, unlike this time.
▪ Your dad's had a nasty accident, right?
▪ Being able to side-slip, therefore, is a useful safety valve and has prevented many a nasty accident.
business
▪ It was a messy, nasty business, and so was much else we did.
▪ That was the one bright spot in the whole nasty business.
▪ Rumours had it also that there had been a little bit of nasty business first.
▪ And what a very nasty business that turned out to be.
feeling
▪ I had a nasty feeling that a little tragedy was building up here.
▪ I am beginning to have a very nasty feeling about this one.
▪ I had the nasty feeling they'd done this before.
habit
▪ Both subscriptions cost about £800 per year and both have the nasty habit of being so voluminous as to go largely unread.
▪ Although an attractive addition to a tank, it has a nasty habit of fighting with members of its own species.
▪ It is a simple enough message but one which has a nasty habit of being forgotten when companies decide to shed staff.
▪ Appraisal schemes have a nasty habit of becoming complex and over sophisticated.
▪ Yet unlikely figures often have a nasty habit of turning out to be true.
piece
▪ The letter Fearon got was a very nasty piece of threatening mail.
▪ Cyril and Wyatt had gone around together with that other boy, that Donald, who was a nasty piece of work.
▪ You'd best steer clear of him, Manderley, he's a nasty piece of work.
▪ A nasty piece of work, vicious and venomous as a viper!
shock
▪ Next April's council elections could prove a nasty shock.
▪ I'd have got a nasty shock otherwise.
▪ That nasty shock should emphasize the importance of low-fat simplicity in restaurant meals while dieting.
▪ Of course, the subject could be deceived and get a nasty shock.
▪ Otherwise you may get a nasty shock.
▪ They should get a nasty shock when they meet our eyes.
▪ A nasty shock, one might say.
stuff
▪ Tritium is nasty stuff, and ingesting it can be fatal.
surprise
▪ But when you get hold of the document and look at the detail you're in for a nasty surprise.
▪ What further nasty surprises awaited me that day?
▪ Naturally, the tricky business of welding the Germanies together could still bring nasty surprises.
▪ Outside, all was danger and sudden, nasty surprises.
▪ There were rarely any nasty surprises.
taste
▪ I got a nasty taste in my mouth - sort of stale like.
things
▪ What Amis has also acknowledged as a writer is that nice things aren't necessarily as funny as nasty things.
▪ He blamed you for everything, even the accident, accusing you of awful, nasty things.
▪ Reznor was not aware of it, however, and was somewhat surprised to find nasty things going bump in the night.
▪ Get rid of them nasty things down your throat what's harbouring the germs.
▪ First, John Major, though a pleasant man, had to say some nasty things about his opponents.
▪ She said her husband seemed to be unbalanced and capable of doing nasty things to their children.
▪ You shouldn't have done nasty things at Lily's funeral, if that's the case.
▪ At the moment people are being indignant about literary biographies and the nasty things they are saying about their subjects.
turn
▪ Gave me a nasty turn, I can tell you!
weather
▪ Tackle the Ridgeway in nasty weather?
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a nasty sense of humor
▪ A few days later, Brian had a nasty case of poison oak.
▪ a particularly nasty murder case
▪ Cheap perfume often smells nasty after a couple of hours.
▪ Don't let that nasty old dog come up here.
▪ His mouth twisted into a nasty snarl.
▪ I'd avoid him. if I were you. He can be quite nasty.
▪ I'm not very keen on this wine. It has a nasty aftertaste.
▪ I'm so glad you didn't get that nasty flu, Joan.
▪ I don't mean to be nasty, but I don't think we should work together any more.
▪ I just heard a nasty rumor about Jill.
▪ It's pretty nasty outside - they're expecting freezing rain.
▪ My first boss was a really nasty person, who seemed to enjoy making life difficult for everyone.
▪ Paul, you mustn't be nasty to the children. You'll make them cry.
▪ Police were alerted when neighbors complained of a nasty smell coming from the basement.
▪ Some of the older boys were being very nasty to him.
▪ Stacy said he was really nasty to her.
▪ The news of his death came as a very nasty shock.
▪ Their marriage ended in a nasty divorce.
▪ There was a nasty accident on the freeway and seven people were killed.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Anyway, after seven years, people get nasty.
▪ I thought they would come to school and write nasty letters and stuff.
▪ Line play is nasty, brutal and hurtful.
▪ Some resisted, and for a time things got nasty.
▪ Soon after he joined Rangers he was involved in a nasty and bitter dismissal, sacking the club's long standing groundsman.
▪ Strachan was carried off with what looked like a nasty injury.
▪ The scrubbing was the nastiest, she thought despairingly, bad though blacking the grates, particularly the kitchen range, was.
▪ These lads were the blunt end of a much nastier problem.
Wikipedia

Nasty

Nasty may refer to:

  • Nasty (album), a 1996 album by Cameo
  • "Nasty" (Bandit Gang Marco song) 2015
  • "Nasty" (Janet Jackson song), 1986
  • "Nasty" (Pixie Lott song), 2014
  • "Nasty" (The Prodigy song), 2015
  • "Nasty", a song by The Damned, created for the Young Ones episode (see below), released as a B-side of the single " Thanks for the Night"

Other uses:

  • Nasty (film), a 2008 Czech film
  • "Nasty" (The Young Ones), an episode of The Young Ones
  • Nasty, Hertfordshire, a village in England
  • Nasty class or Tjeld class patrol boat, a type of motor torpedo boat
  • A nickname for Ilie Năstase (born 1946), Romanian retired tennis player
  • -nasty, in biology, a response of a plant to a stimulus, that does not depend on where the stimulus comes from

Nasty (The Young Ones)

"Nasty" was the ninth episode of British sitcom The Young Ones. It was written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer, and directed by Paul Jackson. It was first aired on BBC Two on 29 May 1984..

Nasty (album)

Nasty is a live album released by the funk/ R&B group Cameo in 1996. In addition to the live material, two new studio tracks were included: "Come Fly With Me" and the album's title track, both written by Larry Blackmon. The "Mega-Mix" is a remix of the album's live tracks. The new studio tracks on this release were the only newly written material released by the band for the next five albums.

Nasty (film)

Nasty , also translated as Shameless, is a 2008 Czech comedy film directed by Jan Hřebejk. Following their collaborations on A Novel for Women and The Holiday Makers, Czech filmmaker Hřebejk and author Michal Viewegh reunited for Nasty, a comic romp based on Viewegh’s bestselling Tales of Marriage and Sex.

Nasty (Nas song)

"Nasty" is a song by American rapper Nas. The song, released via iTunes on August 9, 2011, is the first single from his tenth studio album Life Is Good. The song is produced by Nas's long-time producer and frequent collaborator Salaam Remi. The song was listed at #37 on Rolling Stone Magazine's "50 Best Singles of 2011", and was also named as the best hip-hop song of 2011 by Rap Genius. The song was later featured on the soundtrack to the 2012 film Project X.

Nasty (The Prodigy song)

"Nasty" is the twenty-second single released by the British electronic band The Prodigy. The song was released on 12 January 2015, for their album The Day Is My Enemy. The remix EP was subsequently released on 2 February.

The single was announced on 29 December 2014, on Instagram and Facebook.

Nasty (Bandit Gang Marco song)

"Nasty" is a song by American rapper Bandit Gang Marco. The song released as the lead single from his debut studio album, Nasty The Album. The song features American rapper Dro.

Nasty (Janet Jackson song)

"Nasty" is the second single from Janet Jackson's third studio album, Control (1986). Released in 1986, the single peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and remains one of Jackson's signature songs. The line "My first name ain't baby, it's Janet – Miss Jackson if you're nasty" is a well-known catchphrase and has frequently been used in pop culture in various forms.

The song won for Favorite Soul/R&B Single at the 1987 American Music Awards. It ranked number 30 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years, number 45 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s, and number 79 on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Pop Songs. It has been included in each of Jackson's greatest hits albums Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995), Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).

Britney Spears covered "Nasty", along with " Black Cat" during her ...Baby One More Time Tour and has paid homage to the song and video multiple times. The song appears in video games DJ Hero 2, Dance Central 2 (as DLC), and Lips (as DLC).

Nasty (Pixie Lott song)

"Nasty" is a song by English recording artist Pixie Lott from her self-titled third studio album (2014). It was released on 7 March 2014 as the album's lead single by Mercury Records. The accompanying music video was filmed in November 2013 and directed by Bryan Barber. A second version featured British band The Vamps was released in the same day only in United Kingdom and Ireland.

"Nasty" was previously recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera in collaboration with CeeLo Green for inclusion on the soundtrack to the 2010 film Burlesque, which stars Aguilera and Cher, but it was ultimately scrapped from the official track listing due to legal issues concerning sample clearance.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nasty

Nasty \Nas"ty\ (n[.a]s"t[y^]), a. [Compar. Nastier (n[.a]s"t[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Nastiest.] [For older nasky; cf. dial. Sw. naskug, nasket.]

  1. Offensively filthy; very dirty, foul, or defiled; disgusting; nauseous.

  2. Hence, loosely: Offensive; disagreeable; unpropitious; wet; drizzling; as, a nasty rain, day, sky.

  3. Characterized by obscenity; indecent; indelicate; gross; filthy.

  4. Vicious; offensively ill-tempered; insultingly mean; spiteful; as, a nasty disposition.

  5. Difficult to deal with; troublesome; as, he fell of his bike and got a nasty bruise on his knee. [slang]

    Syn: Nasty, Filthy, Foul, Dirty.

    Usage: Anything nasty is usually wet or damp as well as filthy or dirty, and disgusts by its stickiness or odor; but filthy and foul imply that a thing is filled or covered with offensive matter, while dirty describes it as defiled or sullied with dirt of any kind; as, filthy clothing, foul vapors, etc.

WordNet

nasty

  1. adj. offensive or even (of persons) malicious; "in a nasty mood"; "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound [syn: awful] [ant: nice]

  2. exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent; "a nasty problem"; "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation" [syn: tight]

  3. thoroughly unpleasant; "filthy (or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having" [syn: filthy, foul, vile]

  4. characterized by obscenity; "had a filthy mouth"; "foul language"; "smutty jokes" [syn: filthy, foul, smutty]

  5. disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter; "as filthy as a pigsty"; "a foul pond"; "a nasty pigsty of a room" [syn: filthy, foul]

  6. [also: nastiest, nastier]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

nasty

c.1400, "foul, filthy, dirty, unclean," of unknown origin; perhaps [Barnhart] from Old French nastre "miserly, envious, malicious, spiteful," shortened form of villenastre "infamous, bad," from vilein "villain" + -astre, pejorative suffix, from Latin -aster.\n

\nAlternative etymology [OED] is from Dutch nestig "dirty," literally "like a bird's nest." Likely reinforced in either case by a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish dialectal naskug "dirty, nasty"), which also might be the source of the Middle English word. Of weather, from 1630s; of things generally, "unpleasant, offensive," from 1705. Of people, "ill-tempered," from 1825. Noun meaning "something nasty" is from 1935. Related: Nastily; nastiness.

Wiktionary

nasty

a. (lb en now chiefly US) dirty, filthy. (from 14th c.) n. 1 (lb en informal) Something nasty. 2 (lb en euphemistic preceded by "the") sexual intercourse.

Usage examples of "nasty".

Where, a second earlier, there had been a squad of InfiniDim Enterprises executives with a rocket launcher standing on an elegant terraced plaza paved with large slabs of lustrous stone cut from the ancient alabastrum quarries of Zentalquabula there was now, instead, a bit of a pit with nasty bits in it.

I have to say, that what he had in mind was so appallingly nasty that even I was impressed.

The High King dispatched his new navy to beat off the Andradhians, and commanded his Royal Alchymist to bespeak the hedge-wizards attending rebellious Prince Somarus, warning of nasty consequences if his fighters pressed their attack on Tarn.

It was one of the new ones with the big, homely turret that housed a bigger, nastier cannon.

No nasty Ascent here: let the id be our guide to paradise, and let biocentric immersion lead the way to the glorious spirit for all.

Dad said that Bish Ware had called in, with nothing to report but a vague suspicion that something nasty was cooking.

I went down in a nasty piece of biz, anyone looking too close might be able to tie her with me.

Mac took a swig of bleer, lifted his eyepatch, and rubbed a nasty scar where an eye had been.

An ant larger than the rest advanced to Blinky and eyed him curiously, still waving a leg in a dangerous manner, and a nasty fighting look about his whole body.

For a second, Clift looked wounded, but then Saul came back, with his nasty grin.

FAST LEAK A rather nasty leak from the primary coolant system of a nuclear reactor.

This is a nasty problem that cosmologists favoring this age for the universe have yet to solve.

Merrick exposed an opposition agent actually installed in the cypher room of the British Embassy it was going to make a nasty bang at a time when the East-West delegates were sending each other roses.

The region was putrid with the carcasses of decaying fish, and of other less describable things which I saw protruding from the nasty mud of the unending plain.

Gribben Head, showing the way into Fowey, and then the Dodman, just past Mevagissey, and some nasty overfalls, the Bellows, for any ship that kept in too close.