nastier nastier  /ˈnæ sti ər/


  1. (adj) offensive or even (of persons) malicious
  2. (adj) exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
  3. (adj) characterized by obscenity
  4. (adj) disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter



  1. It couldn't happen to a nastier beastie.
  2. Ray's spine has continued to shrink, Debra has got nastier, and Robert has found a wife.
  3. The firecrackers that crackled in the plaza of the central city of Morelia late Monday in celebration of Mexico's independence day served as a prelude to a nastier set of explosions.



  1. "It could actually get nastier in terms of the battle on the track because the gloves are off," Webber said in a radio interview. "Fernando can take the fight to Lewis -- there is a bit of friction there. It could be fascinating. Every now...
    on Mar 13, 2008 By: Mark Webber Source: CNN International

  2. "We're being nastier and grittier defensively and our concentration level is up defensively," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "The theme tonight was, 'Each possession get better': The next possession on defense, get better. The next...
    on Jan 21, 2008 By: Eddie Jordan Source:

  3. Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday whether he was troubled by the security breach, Mandelson said: "It could have been something nastier. It did actually leave a slight sort of irritation on my face." "I was slightly surprised that...
    on Mar 8, 2009 By: Peter Mandelson Source: Reuters UK

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