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nasty

Pronunciation: /ˈnæsti; ˈnɑːsti/

Translation of nasty in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-tier, -tiest)

  • 1 1.1 (repugnant) [taste/smell/medicine] asqueroso, repugnante; [habit] feo, desagradable it smells nasty huele horrible, tiene un olor asqueroso or repugnante don't touch, it's nasty (to child) no toques, ¡caca! [colloquial/familiar] 1.2 (obscene, offensive) [film/book] asqueroso, inmundo
    Example sentences
    • Joe tried to look as his normal-self again; but his mind kept exploding with nasty thoughts towards the girl, Laura.
    • I want to think of something to insult you at the moment, but nothing comes to mind that's nasty enough not to compliment you.
    • He was a miserable little narrow minded bigot with a nasty temper.
  • 2 (spiteful) [person] malo, asqueroso that was a nasty thing to say! fue una maldad decirle eso they are really nasty to her son realmente malos or crueles con ella to have a nasty temper tener* muy mal carácter what a nasty trick! ¡qué canallada! children can be so nasty! los niños pueden ser de lo más crueles he turns very nasty when he gets drunk se pone de lo más desagradable cuando se emborracha piece 2
  • 3 3.1 (severe) [cut/injury/cough] feo; [accident] serio; (stronger) horrible I had a nasty shock me llevé una sorpresa de lo más desagradable the weather turned nasty el tiempo se puso horrible or feísimo 3.2 (difficult, dangerous) [question/exam] peliagudo, muy difícil; [corner/intersection] muy peligroso
    Example sentences
    • A voice that was nasty and spiteful, leaping at any chance to cause her pain.
    • His imperialists are often nasty folk who behaved horribly towards the natives under their yoke.
    • Not just a grudge, but a hateful, vindictive, nasty bitterness that I didn't even know existed until this person's name was brought up.
    Example sentences
    • Just too many nasty trick questions and annoying video clips of past statements, but that's why you get the big money.
    • Unfortunately, this type of viewing can become a nasty habit that, in the end, sabotages any meaningful engagement with sports.
    • Unfortunately, plenty of investors develop the nasty habit of boasting of their gains instead of contemplating possible overvaluation concerns.
    Example sentences
    • It takes about five minutes to get to the surface without bursting your lungs or doing some other nasty damage to your body.
    • If left unchecked, free radicals cause nasty damage to the body's cell membranes and DNA.
    • Your luscious locks can also suffer from heat damage and nasty rays from the sun so they need some protection too.
    3.3 (unpleasant) [situation/experience] desagradable the situation turned nasty la cosa se puso fea [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Through careful planning people can avoid inheritance tax, which can come as a nasty shock at what is bound to be an upsetting time.
    • Publishers, apparently, found it a nasty shock to be ‘up against someone whose skill in driving a bargain equalled if not excelled their own’.
    • For those who enjoy eating out (or eating in with a takeaway) and thought that by avoiding junk food they could do so healthily, this will have come as a nasty shock.

noun/nombre (plural -ties)

  • (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] hidden nasties sorpresas (feminine plural) desagradables

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