What does bad mean?

Definitions for bad

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bad.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bad

    bad, adj. ill or evil: wicked: hurtful: incorrect, faulty: unfavourable: painful:—comp. Worse; superl. Worst.—adj. Bad′dish, somewhat bad: not very good.—adv. Bad′ly.—ns. Bad′ness.—Bad blood, angry feeling; Bad coin, false coin; Bad debts, debts that cannot be recovered; Bad shot, a wrong guess.—To go bad, to decay; To go to the bad, to go to ruin; To the bad, to a bad condition: in deficit.—With bad grace, unwillingly. [Ety. very obscure. The M. E. badde is referred by Zupitza to A.S. bæddel, a hermaphrodite, bædling, an effeminate fellow.]

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.

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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 for bad »

  1. ABD

  2. ADB

  3. BDA

  4. D.B.A.

  5. DAB

  6. DBA

How to say bad in sign language?

  1. bad


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bad in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bad in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Brincat:

    We had a bad day.

  2. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel:

    It's a bad method.

  3. Edmund Lee:

    I kind of feel bad.

  4. Anacharsis Cloots:

    Bad mind, bad heart.

  5. Josh Holmes:

    We all had a bad day.

Images & Illustrations of bad

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