badass

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adjective

bad·​ass ˈbad-ˌas How to pronounce badass (audio)
1
chiefly US, informal + sometimes offensive : ready to cause or get into trouble : mean
pretending to be a badass gunslinger L. L. King
2
chiefly US, informal + sometimes offensive : of formidable strength or skill
such a badass guitar player N'Gai Croal

badass

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noun

chiefly US, informal + sometimes offensive
: a person who is badass

Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of badass was in 1955

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Cite this Entry

“Badass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/badass. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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