Definitions for BADbæd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bad*bæd(adj.)worse, worst; bad•der; bad•dest

  1. (adj.)not good in any manner or degree.

  2. having a wicked or evil character; morally reprehensible.

  3. of inferior quality; inadequate; defective; deficient.

  4. disobedient or naughty.

  5. inaccurate or faulty:

    a bad guess.

  6. invalid or false:

    bad judgment.

  7. injurious or harmful:

    Too much sugar is bad for your teeth.

  8. suffering from sickness, pain, or injury.

  9. diseased, decayed, or physically weakened:

    a bad heart.

  10. tainted, spoiled, or rotten.

  11. having a detrimental effect, result, or tendency; unfavorable.

  12. disagreeable; unpleasant:

    a bad night.

  13. easily provoked to anger; irascible:

    a bad temper.

  14. severe:

    a bad flood.

  15. regretful or upset:

    He felt bad about leaving.

  16. disreputable or dishonorable:

    a bad name.

  17. displaying a lack of skill or competence.

  18. unfortunate or unfavorable:

    bad news.

  19. inclement, as weather.

  20. disagreeable or offensive to the senses:

    a bad odor.

  21. lacking aesthetic sensitivity:

    bad taste.

  22. not in keeping with a standard of behavior; coarse:

    bad manners.

  23. vulgar, obscene, or blasphemous: not observing rules or customs of grammar, usage, spelling, etc.:

    a bad word.

    bad English.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  24. marred by defects; blemished:

    bad skin.

  25. not profitable or worth the price paid:

    The land was a bad buy.

  26. (of a debt) deemed uncollectible and treated as a loss.

    Category: Business

  27. counterfeit; not genuine.

  28. Slang. outstandingly excellent; first-rate:

    He is one bad drummer.

    Category: Status (usage)

  29. (n.)that which is bad:

    You have to take the bad with the good.

  30. a bad condition, character, or quality.

  31. (adv.)badly:

    She wanted it bad enough to steal it.

Idioms for bad:

  1. bad or badly off,poor; destitute.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in bad, Informal. in trouble or distress. in disfavor.

    Category: Informal

  3. my bad, fault! my mistake!

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. not (half, so, or too) bad,somewhat good; tolerable.

    Category: Idiom

  5. too bad,unfortunate or disappointing.

    Category: Idiom

* for 36 . Usage: The adjective bad meaning “unpleasant, unattractive, spoiled, etc.,” is the usual form to follow such copulative verbs as sound, smell, look, and taste: After the rainstorm the water tasted bad. The locker room smells bad. After the copulative verb feel, the adjective badly in reference to physical or emotional states is also used and is standard, although bad is more common in formal writing. bad as an adverb appears mainly in informal contexts. See also badly,good.

Origin of bad:

1250–1300; ME badde



  1. Ref: a pt. of bid . 1 1

* Archaic..

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bad, badness(adj)

    that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

    "take the bad with the good"

  2. bad(adj)

    having undesirable or negative qualities

    "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"

  3. bad, big(adj)

    very intense

    "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm"

  4. bad, tough(adj)

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

  5. bad, spoiled, spoilt(adj)

    (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition

    "bad meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food"

  6. regretful, sorry, bad(adj)

    feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

    "felt regretful over his vanished youth"; "regretful over mistakes she had made"; "he felt bad about breaking the vase"

  7. bad, uncollectible(adj)

    not capable of being collected

    "a bad (or uncollectible) debt"

  8. bad(adj)

    below average in quality or performance

    "a bad chess player"; "a bad recital"

  9. bad(adj)


    "so-called bad grammar"

  10. bad, risky, high-risk, speculative(adj)

    not financially safe or secure

    "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises"

  11. bad, unfit, unsound(adj)

    physically unsound or diseased

    "has a bad back"; "a bad heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth"

  12. bad(adj)

    capable of harming

    "bad air"; "smoking is bad for you"

  13. bad(adj)

    characterized by wickedness or immorality

    "led a very bad life"

  14. bad, forged(adj)

    reproduced fraudulently

    "like a bad penny..."; "a forged twenty dollar bill"

  15. bad, defective(adverb)

    not working properly

    "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance"

  16. badly, bad(adverb)

    with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')

    "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad"

  17. badly, bad(adverb)

    very much; strongly

    "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"; "the cables had sagged badly"; "they were badly in need of help"; "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bad(adjective)æd

    ≠ good

    a bad day; the worst experience of my life

  2. badæd

    ≠ good

    a bad education; This show was worse than the last one.; He's really bad at spelling.

  3. badæd

    harmful or damaging

    a bad fall; Smoking is bad for you.; the worst storm in 60 years

  4. badæd

    no longer good to eat or drink

    This apple is bad.; The milk was going bad.

  5. badæd

    ≠ good

    a bad person; bad behavior

  6. badæd

    painful or not functioning well

    a bad back; the worst headache

  7. badæd

    ≠ good

    a bad time to start a new business

  8. badæd


    He's one bad dude.

  9. badæd

    to feel guilty

    I felt bad about not inviting Julia.

  10. badæd

    fairly good

    "How was the interview?" "Not bad."

  11. badæd

    indicates you feel sympathy

    Too bad you didn't get the job.

  12. bad(adverb)æd


    He got hurt really bad.


  1. bad(Verb)

    To shell (a walnut).

  2. Origin: Probably identical to bad, etymology 1, above, especially in the sense "bold, daring".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bad


  2. Bad

    wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad health; bad crop; bad news

  3. Bad

    of Bid

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. BAD

    [IBM: acronym, “Broken As Designed”] Said of a program that is bogus because of bad design and misfeatures rather than because of bugginess. See working as designed.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BAD' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #765

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BAD' in Written Corpus Frequency: #325

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BAD' in Adjectives Frequency: #31

Anagrams of BAD

  1. ABD

  2. ADB

  3. BDA

  4. D.B.A.

  5. DAB

  6. DBA

Translations for BAD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not good; not efficient

He is a bad driver; His eyesight is bad; They are bad at tennis (= they play tennis badly).

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