• IPA: /bæd/
  • (Australia) IPA: /bæːd/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /bɛd/
  • (Singapore) IPA: /bɛʔ/
  • (Philadelphia) IPA: /beəd/

bad (comparative worse, superlative worst)

  1. Unfavorable; negative; not good.
    You have bad credit.
    The weather looks pretty bad right now.
    Don't talk to him; he's in a bad mood.
    Abducting children is bad for mothers.
  2. Not suitable or fitting.
    Do you think it is a bad idea to confront him directly?
  3. Not appropriate, of manners etc.
    It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full.
  4. Unhealthy; liable to cause health problems.
    Lard is bad for you. Smoking is bad for you, too. Grapes are bad for dogs but not for humans.
  5. Sickly, unhealthy, unwell.
    Joe's in a bad way; he can't even get out of bed.
    I went to the hospital to see how my grandfather was doing. Unfortunately, he's in a bad state.
    I've had a bad back since the accident.
  6. Not behaving or misbehaving; mischievous or disobedient.
    Stop being bad, or you will get a spanking!
  7. Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.
    Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved.
  8. Evil; wicked.
    Be careful. There are bad people in the world.
  9. Faulty; not functional.
    I had a bad headlight.
  10. (of food) spoiled, rotten, overripe.
    These apples have gone bad.
  11. (of breath) malodorous; foul.
    Bad breath is not pleasant for anyone.
  12. False; counterfeit; illegitimate.
    They were caught trying to pass bad coinage.
  13. Unskilled; of limited ability; not good.
    I'm pretty bad at speaking French.
    He's a bad gardener; everything he tries to grow ends up dying.
  14. Of poor physical appearance.
    I look really bad whenever I get less than seven hours of sleep.
    I don't look bad in this dress, do I?
  15. (informal) Bold and daring.
  16. (slang, dated) Good, superlative, excellent, cool.
    Man, that new car you bought is bad!
  17. (of a, need or want) Severe, urgent.
    He is in bad need of a haircut.
  18. (US, slang) Overly promiscuous, licentious.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: mauvais (with "pour la santé")
  • Russian: вре́дный
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: fonceur
  • Russian: лихо́й
Translations Adverb

bad (comparative worse, superlative worst)

  1. (now, colloquial) Badly.
    I didn't do too bad in the last exam.

bad (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Error, mistake.
    Sorry, my bad!
  2. (countable, uncountable, economics) An item (or kind of item) of merchandise with negative value; an unwanted good.
Translations Adjective

bad (comparative badder, superlative baddest)

  1. (Should we move, merge or split([§ion=new&preload=Template:rfm-sense/preload&preloadtitle=%5B%5Bbad%23rfm-sense-notice-en-%7cbad%5D%5D +]) this sense?) (slang) Fantastic.
    You is [sic] bad, man!
  1. (archaic) alternative past of bid#English|bid. See bade.

bad (bads, present participle badding; past and past participle badded)

  1. (British, dialect, transitive) To shell (a walnut).
    • 1876, The Gloucester Journal, Oct. 7, 1876, reported in William John Thomas, Doran (John), Henry Frederick Turle, Joseph Knight, Vernon Horace Rendall, Florence Hayllar, Notes and Queries, [ page 346]
      A curious specimen of Gloucestershire dialect c»me out in an assault case heard by the Gloucester court magistrates on Saturday. One of the witnesses, speaking of what a girl was doing at the time the assault took place, said she was ' badding ' walnuts in a pigstye. The word is peculiarly provincial : to ' bad ' walnuts is to strip away the husk. The walnut, too, is often called » 'bannut,' and hence the old Gloucestershire phrase, ' Come an' bad the bannuts.'

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