: having or showing a disagreeable and unpleasant nature or temperament
He sat and brooded in a bad-natured and slightly drunken way.Mary Gaitskill, Bad Behavior, 1988
With voice and gestures, he deftly sketches … the creepy, bad-natured chef, who's sadistic but melts into a puddle of insecurity when his cooking is criticized.Holly Johnson, The Oregonian, 17 Apr. 2004

Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bad-natured was in 1871

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“Bad-natured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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