English Online Dictionary. What means nasty? What does nasty mean?
From Middle English nasty, nasti, naxty, naxte (“unclean, filthy”), whence also Early Modern English nasky (“nasty”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Scots nastie, nestie (“dirty, filthy”). Could be from or cognate with Old Norse *nask- + -y or Low German nask (“nasty”) + -y. Compare Swedish naskig, naskug (“nasty, dirty, messy”), Swedish and Danish nasket (“dirty, foul, unpleasant”).
Alternative theories include:
- From Old French nastre (“bad, strange”), shortened form of villenastre (“infamous, bad”), from vilein (“villain”) + -astre (pejorative suffix), from Latin -aster.
- Middle Dutch nestich, nistich ("nasty, dirty, unpleasant" > Modern Dutch nestig (“dirty, filthy, unclean”)), perhaps ultimately connected to the Scandinavian word above.
- Other suggestions include Old High German naz (“wet”), hardening of English nesh(y) (“soft”), or alteration of English naughty.
- Modern use of the word is sometimes attributed to the popular and often derogatory 19th century American political cartoons of Thomas Nast, but the word predates him.
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈnaː.sti/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɑː.sti/
- Rhymes: -ɑːsti
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈnæs.ti/
- Rhymes: -æsti
nasty (comparative nastier, superlative nastiest)
- (now chiefly US) Dirty, filthy. [from 14th c.]
- Contemptible, unpleasant (of a person). [from 15th c.]
- Objectionable, unpleasant (of a thing); repellent, offensive. [from 16th c.]
- Indecent or offensive; obscene, lewd. [from 17th c.]
- Spiteful, unkind. [from 19th c.]
- (chiefly UK) Awkward, difficult to navigate; dangerous. [from 19th c.]
- (chiefly UK) Grave or dangerous (of an accident, illness etc.). [from 19th c.]
- (slang, chiefly US) Formidable, terrific; wicked. [from 20th c.]
nasty (plural nasties)
- (informal) Something nasty.
- (euphemistic, slang, preceded by "the") Sexual intercourse.
- A video nasty.
- do the nasty
- video nasty
- Ansty, Santy, Tansy, Yants, antsy, tansy