Search Your Word

Sponsored links

The Definition of - bad (noun)

    adjective, worse, worst; (Slang) badder, baddest for 36.
    not good in any manner or degree.
    having a wicked or evil character; morally reprehensible:
    There is no such thing as a bad boy.
    of poor or inferior quality; defective; deficient:
    a bad diamond; a bad spark plug.
    inadequate or below standard; not satisfactory for use:
    bad heating; Living conditions in some areas are very bad.
    inaccurate, incorrect, or faulty:
    a bad guess.
    invalid, unsound, or false:
    a bad insurance claim; bad judgment.
    causing or liable to cause sickness or ill health; injurious or harmful:
    Too much sugar is bad for your teeth.
    suffering from sickness, ill health, pain, or injury; sick; ill:
    He felt bad from eating the green apples.
    not healthy or in good physical condition; diseased, decayed, or physically weakened:
    A bad heart kept him out of the army.
    tainted, spoiled, or rotten, especially to the point of being inedible:
    The meat is bad because you left it out of the refrigerator too long.
    having a disastrous or detrimental effect, result, or tendency; unfavorable:
    The drought is bad for the farmers. His sloppy appearance made a bad impression.
    causing or characterized by discomfort, inconvenience, uneasiness, or annoyance; disagreeable; unpleasant:
    I had a bad flight to Chicago.
    easily provoked to anger; irascible:
    a bad temper.
    cross, irritable, or surly:
    If I don't have my morning coffee, I'm in a bad mood all day.
    more uncomfortable, persistent, painful, or dangerous than usual; severe:
    a bad attack of asthma.
    causing or resulting in disaster or severe damage or destruction:
    a bad flood.
    regretful, contrite, dejected, or upset:
    He felt bad about having to leave the children all alone.
    disobedient, naughty, or misbehaving:
    If you're bad at school, you'll go to bed without supper.
    disreputable or dishonorable:
    He's getting a bad name from changing jobs so often.
    displaying a lack of skill, talent, proficiency, or judgment:
    a bad painting; Bad drivers cause most of the accidents.
    causing distress; unfortunate or unfavorable:
    I'm afraid I have bad news for you.
    not suitable or appropriate; disadvantageous or dangerous:
    It was a bad day for fishing.
    inclement; considered too stormy, hot, cold, etc.:
    We had a bad winter with a lot of snow.
    disagreeable or offensive to the senses:
    a bad odor.
    exhibiting a lack of artistic sensitivity:
    The room was decorated in bad taste.
    not in keeping with a standard of behavior or conduct; coarse:
    bad manners.
    1. vulgar, obscene, or blasphemous:
      bad language.
    2. not properly observing rules or customs of grammar, usage, spelling, etc.; incorrect:
      He speaks bad English.
    unattractive, especially because of a lack of pleasing proportions:
    She has a bad figure.
    (of the complexion) marred by defects; pockmarked or pimply; blemished:
    bad skin.
    not profitable or worth the price paid:
    The land was a bad buy.
    Commerce. deemed uncollectible or irrecoverable and treated as a loss:
    a bad debt.
    ill-spent; wasted:
    Don't throw good money after bad money.
    counterfeit; not genuine:
    There was a bad ten-dollar bill in with the change.
    having the character of a villain; villainous:
    In the movies the good guys always beat the bad guys.
    Sports. failing to land within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court; missing the mark; not well aimed.
    Slang. outstandingly excellent; first-rate:
    He's a bad man on drums, and the fans love him.
    that which is bad:
    You have to take the bad with the good.
    a bad condition, character, or quality:
    His health seemed to go from bad to worse.
    (used with a plural verb) evil persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
    The bad are always stirring up trouble.
    adverb, Informal.
    He wanted it bad enough to steal it.
    bad off, in poor or distressed condition or circumstances; destitute:
    His family has been pretty bad off since he lost his job.
    Also, badly off.
    Compare well-off.
    go to the bad, to deteriorate physically or morally; go to ruin:
    She wept at seeing her son go to the bad.
    in a bad way, in severe trouble or distress.
    in bad, Informal.
    1. in trouble or distress.
    2. in disfavor:
      He's in bad with his father-in-law.
    my bad, Slang. my fault! my mistake!
    not bad,
    1. tolerably good; not without merit:
      The dinner wasn't bad, but I've had better.
    2. not difficult:
      Once you know geometry, trigonometry isn't bad.
    Also, not so bad, not too bad.
    too bad, unfortunate or disappointing:
    It's too bad that he didn't go to college.
    to the bad, in arrears:
    He's $100 to the bad on his debt.

Word Example of - bad

    Example Sentences for bad

    "You're almost as bad as Mr. Torbert, father," said Miss Maddledock.

    The cook was in too bad a humor to give her anything to eat with it.

    Now that the burning of the ginger had worn off, he was as bad as ever.

    Perhaps this might not be such a bad time to repeat his question, after all.

    It is a bad end for thee, Eric: to be choked in snow, and with all thy deeds to do.

    When he saw me, he laughed pleasantly, and I was convinced there was no bad feeling in his heart.

    The world's no done; you've made a bad start of it but you'll make a better.

    If we go, we shall leave behind us a bad character, which we do not deserve.

    They should be cared for and when in bad condition replaced by new copies.

    The state of health of Deerbrook was bad,—much worse than Hope had had any suspicion of.

Word Origin & History of - bad

    Word Origin & History

    bad c.1200, a mystery word with no apparent relatives in other languages.* Possibly from O.E. derogatory term bæddel and its dim. bædling "effeminate man, hermaphrodite, pederast," probably related to bædan "to defile." Originally "defective, inferior;" sense of "evil, morally depraved" is first recorded c.1300. A rare word before 1400, and evil was more common in this sense until c.1700. Comparable words in the other I.E. languages tend to have grown from descriptions of specific qualities, such as "ugly," "defective," "weak," "faithless," "impudent," "crooked," "filthy" (e.g. ...Gk. kakos, probably from the word for "excrement;" Rus. plochoj, related to O.C.S. plachu "wavering, timid;" Pers. gast, O.Pers. gasta-, related to gand "stench;" Ger. schlecht, originally "level, straight, smooth," whence "simple, ordinary," then "bad"). Comparative and superlative forms badder, baddest were common 14c.-18c. and used as recently as Defoe (but not by Shakespeare), but yielded to comp. worse and superl. worst (which had belonged to evil and ill). In U.S. place names, sometimes translating native terms meaning "supernaturally dangerous." Ironic use as a word of approval is said to be at least since 1890s orally, originally in Black Eng., emerging in print 1928 in a jazz context. It might have emerged from the ambivalence of expressions like bad nigger, used as a term of reproach by whites, but among blacks sometimes representing one who stood up to injustice, but in the U.S. West bad man also had a certain ambivalence:"These are the men who do most of the killing in frontier communities, yet it is a noteworthy fact that the men who are killed generally deserve their fate." [Farmer & Henley]*Farsi has bad in more or less the same sense as the English word, but this is regarded by linguists as a coincidence. The forms of the words diverge as they are traced back in time (Farsi bad comes from M.Pers. vat), and such accidental convergences exist across many languages, given the vast number of words in each and the limited range of sounds humans can make to signify them. Among other coincidental matches with English are Korean mani "many," Chinese pei "pay," Nahuatl (Aztecan) huel "well," Maya hol "hole."

Sponsored links