1. (orig. US) first-class, exciting, particularly enjoyable or admirable.
|Knickerbocker (N.Y.) III 37: [note] ‘Sling a nasty foot,’ means to dance exceedingly well.|
|Border Watch (Mt Gambier, SA) 31 Oct. 3/2: THE LATEST SLANG CREATION IN NEW YORK [...] A clever writer is said to ‘sling a nasty pen’.|
|Pitching 68: Hoblitzell is a nasty hitter.|
|Big Town 91: The meals is included in the rates, and they certainly set a nasty table.|
|Classics in Sl. 56: K.O. Macbeth’s wife tunes in on WXYZ, begins shakin’ a nasty shoulder and fin’ly vamps the champ into stayin’ over the night at the challenger’s dump. [Ibid.] 69: Romeo is out on the floor shakin’ a nasty hoof with one of the janes.|
|Jazz Lex. xviii: The jazzman’s [...] deliberate and significant reversal of the conventional connotations of terms such as mean, dirty, and nasty (all current c. 1900).|
|Brother Ray 161: Show me a guy who can’t play the blues and I’m through with him before he can get started. If you can’t get nasty and grovel in the gutter, something’s missing.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 5: nasty – good: What a nasty drink!|
|Corner (1998) 156: Come right here with that nasty shit.|
|Campus Sl. Spring.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011.(ed.)|
2. (orig. US) attractive, sexy; often in negative sense, i.e. promiscuous, amoral.
|Knickerbocker (N.Y.) III 37: ‘She is a nasty-looking gal,’ implies she is a splendid woman .|
|Family Connections 39: Harry, I must suck your nasty arse before I go any further.|
|‘Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 41: Oh Mickey, I think you’re a nasty mans —.|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 174: She used to say I always brought nasty girls to the house.|
|🎵 She’s nasty, she’s nasty, she digs it in bed.‘Brown Shoes don’t Make It’|
|🎵 Nasty bitches, around the world / I wrote this rhyme for you.‘Cusswords’|
|Pimp’s Rap 55: Candy was nice and nasty. She enabled me to experience my most intimate sexual desires.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 150: She be nasty, but that bitch got ass!|
|OG Dad 70: Complete strangers [...] address you as ‘Daddy’. But not in a nasty Ride me, Daddy, right [sic] me right out of town! way.|
3. (orig. US) aggressive, hostile, bad-tempered.
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|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Mar. 22/2: To our wives we’ve been bound in thraldom, / Like that which binds each Russian serf; / If we’ve ever grown ‘nasty’ and mauled ’em, / And ‘landed ’em out by the scruf’.|
|Tramp and Other Stories 49: He’s real nasty when he’s drunk. If I had turned him down now he’d have gone drinking and getting nasty and then we’d have had some trouble.|
|Really the Blues 14: He gets ugly, gets into a fighting mood and comes out nasty.|
|Corner Boy 80: Tree and Cage got real nasty.|
|Carlito’s Way 14: I wasn’t nasty or no troublemaker.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard 133: He’d get nasty and shout at me.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 65: He gave me the gaze like I was a Scouser or carried a dangerous disease. Slow and nasty.|
|Boy from County Hell 139: [A] rusty old jukebox playing a nasty Johnny Rebel tune.|
4. with ref. to speech or writing, sexually suggestive (whether explicitly or not); raw, earthy.
|(con. 1910s) Hoods (1953) 31: We smoked, whistled, and made nasty remarks to the girls passing by.|
|Gay Detective (2003) 39: Parsons was arrested for writing a nasty invitation on the walls of the men’s room.|
|Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 93: The double-entendre nasty songs.|
|(con. 1930s) The Avenue, Clayton City (1996) 4: Here they were under the streetlight [...] cutting the fool and talking that nasty talk. Nasty talk! It was a wonder God didn’t send down a thunderbolt and clean up the air.|
|Clit Notes 122: Nasty talk about my mother. But it didn’t hurt me none. Because it was all true. Every stinky last word of it, true.|
|(con. 1900s)Buddy Bolden 22: The way he would sing that nasty talk would make the skin on your flesh twitter. Many of the women would hold their ears and rush away from the band.|
|Blacktop Wasteland 82: ‘Don’t tell me you’re falling for her. She can’t be that good at eating pussy.’ ‘You so damn nasty’.|
5. (orig. US) difficult.
|Street Talk 2 32: The professor just gave us some nasty work to do.|
|Official Dancehall Dict. 36: Nahsi dirty; filthy: N. yuh too nahsi/you’re too dirty.|
|Handbook for Boys 178: When they had chewed all the flavor out of the tobacco or snuff, they’d spit it out.’ ‘And nobody told them that was nasty?’.|
|Riker’s 6: There was this little crackhead lady falling asleep on my shoulder [...] She was nasty.|
1. of a person, unpleasant.
|Pugilist at Rest 108: I knew that either Clendon would become so pissed that he would leave that nasty-ass bitch or he would weasel under.|
|Guardian Rev. 10 Mar. 27: Lotsa nasty-ass motherfuckers and bad, ig’nint, troublesome niggaz in this neighbourhood.|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 33: That’s one nasty-ass white boy.|
2. of a place, thing or animal, dirty, disgusting.
|My Main Mother 116: That nasty-assed dog has been farting here all night.|
|in Sex Work (1988) 56: She hated the rain. [...] This nasty ass, cold greyness pouring down.|
|Chicken (2003) 60: I sure as hell don’t want her to see my nasty-ass hovel.|
(US black) of a female, promiscuous.
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 139: I just can’t understand why you like those old nasty-behind girls who don’t wear no drawers.|
(US, orig. milit.) an unpleasant note or letter or a communication that brings bad news.
|Air War – Vietnam 6: If he has to send a ‘nastygram’—a curt reprimand—to anybody, on deck or aloft, he doesn’t hesitate.|
|Second in Command 75: Butcher had a habit of writing ‘nastygrams,’ reminders of incidents that he wanted to recall when he made his next fitness reports [HDAS].|
|Med 155: They had to be filled out by the book or you got a nastygram from the computer.|
1. the member of the garrotting team who actually does the choking.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
2. (UK Und.) a thief’s assistant.
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 419: He was forced to employ an assistant – suggestively termed a ‘nasty-man’ – whom he hired by the job to do the heavier work.|
3. (US black) a sexual pervert.
|Howard Street 85: He was a ‘nasty man’ who liked to have his women urinate in his face prior to lovemaking.|
(W.I.) foul-mouthed, given to using obscene language.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
(W.I.) ill-mannered, boorish.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 36: Nahsi-naygah relating to rudeness or coarseness in behaviour: u. mek de nahsi-naygah bwoy gwaan.|
(W.I.) to make a mess of, to dirty.
|Notes for Gloss. of Barbadian Dial. 78: Don’ nasty up your clothes, child.|