-nasty(redirected from -nastic)
Nastic response or change: epinasty.
[Greek nastos, pressed down; see nastic + -y.]
n combining form
(Botany) indicating a nastic movement to a certain stimulus: nyctinasty.
[from Greek nastos pressed down, close-pressed]
-nastic adj combining form
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]
a combining form with the meaning “nastic pressure,” of the kind or in the direction specified by the initial element: hyponasty.