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bad

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adjective \ˈbad\

Definition of bad

worse

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worst

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  1. 1a :  failing to reach an acceptable standard :  poor <a bad repair job>b :  unfavorable <make a bad impression>c :  not fresh :  spoiled <bad fish>d :  not sound :  dilapidated <the house was in bad condition>

  2. 2a :  morally objectionable :  evil <bad men>b :  mischievous, disobedient <a bad dog>

  3. 3 :  inadequate or unsuited to a purpose <a bad plan> <bad lighting>

  4. 4 :  disagreeable, unpleasant <bad news>

  5. 5a :  injurious, harmful <a bad influence>b :  serious, severe <in bad trouble> <a bad cough>

  6. 6 :  incorrect, faulty <bad grammar>

  7. 7a :  suffering pain or distress <felt generally bad>b :  unhealthy, diseased <bad teeth>

  8. 8 :  sorrowful, sorry <feels bad about forgetting to call>

  9. 9a :  invalid, void <a bad check>b :  not able to be collected <a bad debt>

  10. 10 badder; baddest slang a :  good, great <one of the baddest songwriters to be found anywhere — Black Collegian>b :  tough, mean <the baddest guy on the block>

badness

noun

Examples of bad in a sentence

  1. The house is in bad condition.

  2. a letter written in bad French

  3. He had a bad day at the office.

  4. I was having a bad dream.

  5. She made a very bad impression on her future colleagues.

  6. We've been having bad weather lately.

  7. The medicine left a bad taste in his mouth.

  8. It's a bad time for business right now.

  9. Things are looking pretty bad for us at this point.

  10. I have a bad feeling about this.

Origin and Etymology of bad

Middle English badde, bad, of obscure origin The Middle English word apparently appears as a surname or element in surnames in the 13th century, but as an independent adjective not before the 14th century. The supposed connection with the marginally attested Old English words bæddel, bædling (vowel length uncertain) “hermaphrodite, homosexual” is possible but uncertain (direct descent of badde from bæddel through phonetic reduction is unlikely).


First Known Use: 13th century


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bad

noun

Definition of bad

  1. 1 :  something that is bad <There's more good than bad in him.> <Take the good with the bad.>

  2. 2 :  an evil or unhappy state <Things went from bad to worse.>

  3. 3 :  fault 4 <the mistake was my bad>

Examples of bad in a sentence

  1. There's more good than bad in him.

  2. We need to teach our children the difference between good and bad.

  3. teaching children the difference between the good and the bad

  4. He believes that the good go to heaven when they die and the bad go to hell.

Origin and Etymology of bad

Middle English badde, noun derivative of badde 1bad


First Known Use: 13th century


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bad

adverb

Definition of bad

  1. :  badly <not doing so bad> <doesn't want it bad enough>



BAD Defined for English Language Learners

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bad

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adjective \ˈbad\

Definition of bad for English Language Learners

  • : low or poor in quality

  • : not correct or proper

  • : not pleasant, pleasing, or enjoyable


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bad

noun

Definition of bad for English Language Learners

  • : morally bad forces or influences

  • the bad : the unpleasant things that happen to people

  • : things that are morally wrong


BAD Defined for Kids

bad

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adjective \ˈbad\

Definition of bad for Students

worse

\ˈwərs\

worst

\ˈwərst\
  1. 1 :  not good :  poor <bad weather> <bad work>

  2. 2 :  not favorable <a bad report> <bad times>

  3. 3 :  not fresh or sound <bad meat>

  4. 4 :  not good or right :  evil <a bad person>

  5. 5 :  not behaving properly <a bad dog>

  6. 6 :  not enough <bad lighting>

  7. 7 :  unpleasant <bad news>

  8. 8 :  harmful <bad for the health>

  9. 9 :  serious 2, severe <a bad cold> <in bad trouble>

  10. 10 :  not correct <bad spelling> <bad manners>

  11. 11 :  not cheerful or calm <a bad mood>

  12. 12 :  not healthy <bad teeth> <He felt bad from a cold.>

  13. 13 :  sorry 1 <I felt bad about my mistake.>

  14. 14 :  not skillful <a bad musician>

badness

noun

Law Dictionary

bad

adjective

Legal Definition of bad

  1. :  not valid :  void <bad notice>; especially :  not covered by sufficient funds <a bad check>



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