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"nasty" in British English

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nastyadjective

uk   /ˈnɑː.sti/  us   /ˈnæs.ti/
B1 bad or very ​unpleasant: a nasty ​shock/​surprise There's a nasty ​smell in here. He had a nasty ​cut above the ​eye. She has a nasty habit of ​picking on ​people in ​meetings.B1 unkind: Don't be so nasty toyourbrother - he's four ​yearsyounger than you!B2 mainly UK dangerous or ​violent: In an ​emergency you could get out through a ​window, but it would be a nasty ​drop. The ​situation could turn (= ​become) nasty at any ​moment. rude or ​offensive: She said some really nasty things about him.have a nasty feeling mainly UK to ​think that something ​bad is ​likely to ​happen or to be ​true: I've got a nasty ​feeling that I ​forgot to ​tell Joe I couldn't come.

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nastily
adverb uk   /ˈnɑː.stɪ.li/  us   /ˈnæs.tɪ-/
He ​laughed nastily (= ​unkindly) and ​walked away.
nastiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of nasty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nastyadjective

 us   /ˈnæs·ti/
mean, ​unpleasant, or ​offensive: He was, to be ​honest, a nasty man, with never a ​kind word for anyone. I got a ​rather nasty (= ​severe)cut from the ​garagedoor.
(Definition of nasty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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