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The adult who is nasty is not allowed to do what he likes: neither can the child who likes to be nasty.
Miss Georgie was, without doubt, in a nasty temper that night.
It's nasty to have the dirt jumpin' up right where you've got to walk.
They've been just gorging chickens this last year—nasty beasts!
I hoped, however, that diplomacy might still save us all sorts of a nasty row.
That was too nasty a morsel for even this monster to swallow; so it let go its hold of the boat.
But now, since I have borne him this nasty child, he loves it more than he does me.
It is as much as to say that you would write one of the nasty kind of book, if you dared.
It was a nasty trick for Ida to play you, although just what I should have expected from her or May.
He was not less shocked by the nasty stories that circulated with regard to her.
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.
Alternative etymology [OED] is from Dutch nestig "dirty," literally "like a bird's nest." Likely reinforced in either case by a Scandinavian source (cf. 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.
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