Definitions for badness

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word badness

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(noun)

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

    "take the bad with the good"

  2. badness, severity, severeness(noun)

    used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather

  3. naughtiness, mischievousness, badness(noun)

    an attribute of mischievous children


  1. badness(Noun)

    The quality of being bad.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Badness(noun)

    the state of being bad


  1. Badness

    Badness is the third album released by British jazz fusion duo Morrissey–Mullen. Released in 1981, it entered the UK Album Charts on 18 July 1981 at no. 65, eventually reaching no. 57.

Translations for badness

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


Get even more translations for badness »


Find a translation for the badness definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these badness definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"badness." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 28 Nov. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for badness?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for badness: