Synonyms of nasty in English:


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1‘there was a nasty smell in the kitchen’

unpleasant, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, awful, dreadful, horrible, terrible, vile, foul, abominable, frightful, loathsome, revolting, repulsive, odious, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, repellent, repugnant, horrendous, hideous, appalling, atrocious, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, unpalatable, unsavoury, unappetizing, off-putting, uninviting, dirty, filthy, squalid
noxious, evil-smelling, foul-smelling, smelly, stinking, rank, rancid, fetid, malodorous, acrid
informal ghastly, horrid, gruesome, putrid, diabolical, yucky, sick-making, godawful, 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

nice, delightful, lovely, pleasant

2‘the weather turned nasty’

unpleasant, disagreeable, foul, filthy, inclement
wet, rainy, stormy, cold, foggy, blustery, squally

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

charming, agreeable, nice, likeable

4‘her father's had a nasty accident’

serious, dangerous, bad, awful, dreadful, terrible, frightful, critical, severe, grave, alarming, worrying, concerning
painful, ugly

slight, minor

5‘she had a nasty habit of staring at him’

annoying, irritating, infuriating, unwelcome, disagreeable, unpleasant, unfortunate, maddening, exasperating, irksome, vexing, vexatious
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
scatological, profane
informal blue, sick


    nasty piece of work

    ‘he was a nasty piece of work and got his just rewards’

    informal beast, toad, pig, rat, creep, louse, snake, skunk, weasel, lowlife, scumbag, heel, stinkpot, stinker, no-good, son of a bitch, SOB
    British informal blighter, bad lot
    Scottish informal scrote
    Irish informal spalpeen
    North American informal rat fink, fink, schmuck
    Australian informal dingo
    New Zealand informal kuri
    West Indian informal rass
    derogatory bastard, dog, dirty dog
    derogatory, informal swine
    informal, dated hound, cad
    British informal, dated rotter, bounder
    vulgar slang shit, prick
    British vulgar slang sod
    archaic blackguard, dastard, knave, varlet, whoreson