Definitions for bad
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bad.
that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
"take the bad with the good"
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"
"a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm"
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"
bad, spoiled, spoiltadjective
(of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
"bad meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food"
regretful, sorry, badadjective
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"
not capable of being collected
"a bad (or uncollectible) debt"
below average in quality or performance
"a bad chess player"; "a bad recital"
"so-called bad grammar"
bad, risky, high-risk, speculativeadjective
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"
bad, unfit, unsoundadjective
physically unsound or diseased
"has a bad back"; "a bad heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth"
capable of harming
"bad air"; "smoking is bad for you"
characterized by wickedness or immorality
"led a very bad life"
"like a bad penny..."; "a forged twenty dollar bill"
not working properly
"a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance"
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"
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"
To shell (a walnut).
Etymology: Probably identical to bad, etymology 1, above, especially in the sense "bold, daring".
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Bad, Badethe preterite of bid.
And, for an earnest of greater honour,
He bad me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawder. Macb.
compar. worse; superl. worst.
Etymology: quaad, Dutch;
Most men have politicks enough to make, through violence, the best scheme of government a bad one. Alexander Pope.
Thou may’st repent,
And one bad act, with many deeds well done,
May’st cover. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 256.
Thus will the latter, as the former, world
Still tend from bad to worse. John Milton, Parad. Lost, b. xii.
Our unhappy fates
Mix thee amongst the bad, or make thee run
Too near the paths, which virtue bids thee shun. Matthew Prior.
The sun his annual course obliquely made,
Good days contracted, and enlarg’d the bad. Dryden.
Reading was bad for his eyes, writing made his head ake. Add.
Bad Girl is a song by American singer and songwriter Madonna, recorded for her fifth studio album, Erotica (1992). The song was written by Madonna, Shep Pettibone and Anthony Shimkin, and produced by Madonna and Pettibone. The song was released as the third single from the album on February 2, 1993 by Maverick Records. Lyrically, the song describes a woman that is unhappy with her life because she believes she is behaving badly, due to the sadness that has overwhelmed her since the end of a romantic relationship. "Bad Girl" received positive reviews from music critics, who described it as riveting and tragic, while also applauding the sophistication and overall message of the song. The song was a modest success on the charts, reaching number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the UK Singles Chart, falling off the chart shortly after. The music video to accompany the single was directed by David Fincher, who had previously collaborated on Madonna's "Express Yourself", "Oh Father" and "Vogue" videos. The clip features Madonna playing a high-powered Manhattan executive who has many one-night stands with a variety of men—ultimately being murdered by one of these men at the end of the video. The video features the American actor Christopher Walken, who plays Madonna's guardian angel.
The term "bad" generally refers to something of poor quality, low standard, or not meeting expectations. It can be used to describe a variety of negative characteristics, behaviors, or outcomes. The perception of what is considered "bad" can be subjective and vary depending on the context and personal opinion.
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
[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.
What does BAD stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the BAD acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'bad' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #765
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'bad' in Written Corpus Frequency: #325
Rank popularity for the word 'bad' in Adjectives Frequency: #31
The numerical value of bad in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of bad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Trying too hard to be too good, even when trying to be bad, is too good for the bad, too bad for the good.
It is bad news, it is bad news for this Council, it is bad news I think for the United Nations. It is bad news, I think for the United States, it is bad news for everybody who cares about human rights.
I think it's that bad of a deal, it's a bad deal for us, it's a bad deal for Israel, it's a bad deal for the region, it's not just the starting gun, it will accelerate the nuclear arms race, and it is empowering Iran to do what they're going to do.
Bad things do't happen to Bad people. Bad things happen to Good people to make yhem Great people.
Some of them have been really bad, i had n’t thought them through. The topknot was n’t too bad but the cornbraids were a bad decision.
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Translations for bad
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- pis, xarab, bəd, yaman, bərbadAzerbaijani
- яман, насарBashkir
- дрэнны, кепскі, злыBelarusian
- зъл, лош, грешка, неподходящ, неприятенBulgarian
- drouk, fallBreton
- mal, dolentCatalan, Valencian
- špatný, nepříjemný, vadný, podlý, zlýCzech
- зълъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- dårlig, slem, slet, ond, ubehageligDanish
- schlecht, unangenehm, böse, schlimmGerman
- κακός, άσχημοςGreek
- grava, malbona, nefunkcia, malbonodoraEsperanto
- ناکارامد, گستاخ, ناشایست, بدبو, ناجور, بدPersian
- moka, paha, viallinen, huonotapainen, ikävä, kova, ilkeä, kielteinen, huono, ankara, pahanhajuinen, rikkinäinen, sopimaton, kelvotonFinnish
- mal, faute, fonceur, gaffe, mauvaise, mauvais, urgent, défectueux, fonceuse, méchantFrench
- dona, droch-, olcIrish
- olc, dona, drochScottish Gaelic
- גרוע, מרושעת, רַע, גרועה, רשע, מרושעHebrew
- ख़राब, बुराHindi
- rossz, kellemetlenHungarian
- վատ, չարArmenian
- buruk, jelek, jahatIndonesian
- vondur, slæmur, illurIcelandic
- cattivo, brutto, difettoso, sbagliatoItalian
- nebaş, بهد, خهراپ, bed, xirabKurdish
- жаман, начарKyrgyz
- slikts, nepiemērots, ļauns, nelabsLatvian
- वाईट, खराबMarathi
- rosak, buruk, busuk, jahatMalay
- kwaad, verkeerd, slecht, ongemanierd, ongepast, naar, onaangenaamDutch
- dårlig, i, stykker, gal, ubehagelig, ondNorwegian
- doo yáʼátʼéeh daNavajo, Navaho
- złe, uszkodzony, nieświeży, zły, zła, wadliwy, kiepskiPolish
- بد, بدلاریPashto, Pushto
- enguiçado, errado, mau, quebrado, ruim, feio, malvado, desagradável, estragadoPortuguese
- плохой, скверный, дурной, злой, нехороший, подлый, неподходящий, неприятный, поганыйRussian
- zao, непристојан, loš, slab, gadan, zločest, ružan, zlo, nepristojan, cлaб, zla, ружан, лошSerbo-Croatian
- නරකSinhala, Sinhalese
- slàb, zèlSlovene
- i keq, e keqeAlbanian
- awon, goréngSundanese
- opassande, dålig, ful, ond, trasig, olämplig, sönderSwedish
- ఇష్టములేని, చెడి పోయిన, తగని, క్రూరమైన, చెడ్డ, అత్యవసరము, నచ్చని, తెగింపు, పొరపాటు, పొసగనిTelugu
- bet, şum, pis, erbet, ýamanTurkmen
- mali, bastos, sira, masamaTagalog
- злий, кепський, поганийUkrainian
- برا, خرابUrdu
- 醜, xấu, dởVietnamese
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