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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 to your brother - he's four years younger 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.stəl.i/  us   /ˈnæs.təl.i/
He laughed nastily (= unkindly) and walked away.
nastiness
noun [U] uk   /ˈnɑː.sti.nəs/  us   /ˈnæs.ti.nəs/
(Definition of nasty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nasty" in American English

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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 garage door.
(Definition of nasty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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