-nasty

(redirected from -nastic)

-nasty

suff.
Nastic response or change: epinasty.

[Greek nastos, pressed down; see nastic + -y.]

-nasty

n combining form
(Botany) indicating a nastic movement to a certain stimulus: nyctinasty.
[from Greek nastos pressed down, close-pressed]
-nastic adj combining form

nas•ty

(ˈnæs ti)

adj. -ti•er, -ti•est, adj.
1. disgustingly unclean; filthy.
2. offensive to taste or smell; nauseating.
3. indecent or obscene: a nasty word.
4. highly objectionable or unpleasant.
5. vicious, spiteful, or ugly.
6. bad to deal with or experience: a nasty cut; a nasty accident.
7. Slang. formidable: a nasty pitching arm.
n.
8. a nasty person or thing.
[1350–1400; earlier also naxty, naxte, naskie, Middle English, probably < Old Norse]
nas′ti•ly, adv.
nas′ti•ness, n.

-nasty

a combining form with the meaning “nastic pressure,” of the kind or in the direction specified by the initial element: hyponasty.
[< Greek nast(ós) pressed close (see nastic) + -y3]
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