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Synonyms of nasty in English:


  • 1 there was a nasty smell in the kitchen
    noxious, evil-smelling, foul-smelling, smelly, stinking, rank, rancid, fetid, malodorous, acrid
    informal ghastly, horrid, gruesome, putrid, diabolical, yucky, sick-making, God-awful, gross, icky, stinky
    British informal beastly, grotty, whiffy, pongy, niffy
    North American informal lousy, skanky, funky
    Australian informal on the nose
    literary noisome, mephitic
    archaic disgustful, loathly
    rare miasmal, olid
    [Antonyms] nice, delightful, lovely, pleasant
  • 2 the weather turned nasty
    unpleasant, disagreeable, foul, filthy, inclement;
    wet, rainy, stormy, cold, foggy, blustery, squally
    [Antonyms] fine, sunny
  • 3 sometimes, she can be really nasty
    unkind, unpleasant, unfriendly, disagreeable, inconsiderate, uncharitable, rude, churlish, spiteful, malicious, mean, mean-spirited, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, bad-tempered, hostile, vicious, malevolent, evil-minded, surly, obnoxious, poisonous, venomous, vindictive, malign, malignant, cantankerous, hateful, hurtful, cruel, wounding, abusive
    informal bitchy, catty
    vulgar slang shitty
    [Antonyms] charming, agreeable, nice, likeable
  • 4 her father's had a nasty accident she's got a nasty cut on her head
    serious, dangerous, bad, awful, dreadful, terrible, frightful, critical, severe, grave, alarming, worrying, concerning;
    painful, ugly
    [Antonyms] slight, minor
  • 5 she had a nasty habit of staring at him
    informal aggravating, pesky
  • 6 they got hold of spray cans and wrote nasty things on the back of the headstones
    obscene, indecent, offensive, improper, indelicate, crude, rude, off colour, dirty, filthy, vulgar, foul, vile, gross, disgusting, pornographic, smutty, salacious, risqué, lewd, lascivious, licentious, X-rated;
    informal blue, sick
  • Phrases

    nasty piece of work
    he was a nasty piece of work and got his just rewards
    informal beast, toad, pig, swine, rat, creep, bastard, louse, snake, skunk, dog, weasel, lowlife, scumbag, heel, stinkpot, stinker, bad lot, no-good, son of a bitch, s.o.b.
    Scottish informal scrote
    Irish informal spalpeen
    North American informal rat fink, fink, schmuck
    Australian informal dingo
    New Zealand informal kuri
    West Indian informal rass
    informal, dated rotter, hound, bounder, cad, blighter
    vulgar slang shit, sod, prick
    archaic blackguard, dastard, knave, varlet, whoreson
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