The house is in bad condition.
a letter written in bad French
He had a bad day at the office.
I was having a bad dream.
She made a very bad impression on her future colleagues.
We've been having bad weather lately.
The medicine left a bad taste in his mouth.
It's a bad time for business right now.
Things are looking pretty bad for us at this point.
I have a bad feeling about this. Noun
There's more good than bad in him.
We need to teach our children the difference between good and bad.
teaching children the difference between the good and the bad
He believes that the good go to heaven when they die and the bad go to hell. Adverb
He hasn't succeeded because he doesn't want it bad enough.
you didn't do too bad on the treadmill test See More
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This can cause a lot of discomfort and, at its worst, can cause teeth to loosen and even fall out.—Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 25 Nov. 2023 Thanksgiving travel tips: Best and worst days to fly or drive
Heavy snow has already fallen in the Rocky Mountains and western Plains, with the highest accumulations in places like Luther, Montana, at 10 inches; Heyburn, Idaho, at 8.7 inches; and 8 inches in Fishtail, Montana.—Kenton Gewecke, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2023 Things get even worse when Charlie Brown can only get his hands on a limbless, dead-looking Christmas tree.—Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Mike Murashige Eugene, Ore. Advertisement :: Is there anyone out there who thinks former USC coach Clay Helton would have done worse?—Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 The ability of people to be their own worst enemies -- in the sense of attracting political support -- is, IMHO, a hallmark of today's politics, at least among extremists.—Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Many aides, allies, friends, and associates of his have been investigated, and some indicted, for a range of frauds and bad acts in office.—Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2023 The ride home made things so much worse for Gino and Jasmine, as the woman dropped her phone beneath the car seat.—Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 There are worse weeks in their long history than the one the Yankees just experienced, featuring their first public comments since a disastrous 82-win season ended with a strikeout in Kansas City way back on Oct. 1.—Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
Despite the obvious bad, there was undeniable good.—Mellissa Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Good drama is the choice between two bads.—Hunter Ingram, Variety, 23 Mar. 2023 In the Avenge the Earth storyline, those big bads included Apocalypse, the first mutant, and, of course, Kang the Conqueror.—Joe George, Men's Health, 16 Feb. 2023 Then a new big bad entered the arena.—Peter Rubin, Longreads, 15 Apr. 2022 So what was the rationale behind introducing our new big bad in the exact opposite way?—Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2023 In addition to setting up the Multiverse Saga, the film also includes the introduction of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), who serves as the new big bad for the MCU.—Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2023 The first to face this new big bad of the MCU’s Phases 5 and 6 will be the multigenerational Lang-Van Dyne-Pym clan, who can also collectively be called Ant-Mans and the Wasps.—Tracy Brownstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2023 Jonathan Majors is playing Marvel's new big bad, Kang the Conqueror, in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and beyond.—Brendan Morrow, The Week, 15 Feb. 2023
That started off bad and got better.—Vulture, 21 Feb. 2023 That’s one bad-looking snap through two games.—Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 Who wants frustrated and stressed-out workers bad-mouthing the company to their peers, right?—Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2023 Ignoring one of them can lead you to bad-looking maps no one would prefer.—J. Richard Gott, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2021 The researchers think that by expelling their bad-tasting innards when fish are nibbling nearby, sea squirts may drive the fish away.—Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 26 June 2015 However, employees can’t be completely reckless on social media, making untrue or maliciously disparaging statements, or bad-mouthing their employer with broad-stroke commentary.—Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 After an online Twitter feud where CZ accused SBF of allegedly bad-mouthing him to regulators, the Binance CEO announced on Sunday the company would be dumping all of its holdings of FTT, a token used by FTX customers.—Tristan Bove, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2022 Also, if exposed to too much heat, humidity, or other elements, the gummies can go bad faster than the expiration date.—Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 See More
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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).
Middle English badde, noun derivative of baddebad entry 1