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Synonyms of nasty in English:


  • 1 a nasty smell
    noxious, foul-smelling, smelly, stinking, rank, fetid, malodorous, mephitic
    informal ghastly, horrid, gruesome, diabolical, yucky, skanky, godawful, gross, beastly, lousy, funky
    literary miasmal, noisome
    [Antonyms] pleasant, delightful
  • 2 the weather turned nasty
    unpleasant, disagreeable, foul, filthy, inclement;
    wet, stormy, cold, blustery, blizzardy
    [Antonyms] sunny, pleasant
  • 3 she can be really nasty
    unkind, unpleasant, unfriendly, disagreeable, rude, churlish, spiteful, malicious, mean, ill-tempered, ill-natured, vicious, malevolent, obnoxious, hateful, hurtful
    informal bitchy, catty
    [Antonyms] nice, charming
  • 4 a nasty accident a nasty cut
    serious, dangerous, bad, awful, dreadful, terrible, severe;
    painful, ugly
    [Antonyms] minor, slight
  • 5 she had the nasty habit of appearing unannounced
    annoying, irritating, infuriating, disagreeable, unpleasant, maddening, exasperating
  • 6 they wrote nasty things on the wall
    obscene, indecent, offensive, crude, rude, dirty, filthy, vulgar, foul, gross, disgusting, pornographic, smutty, lewd
    informal sick, X-rated
    [Antonyms] polite, decent
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