bad·​ass·​e·​ry ˈbad-¦a-sə-rē How to pronounce badassery (audio)
US slang, sometimes offensive
: the state or condition of being a badass : badass quality or character
The Seattle quartet, hailed as godfathers of emo back when that word made you think of something other than "eyeliner," indulged the distorted guitar badassery of their grunge-era brethren …Rob Harvilla, Village Voice, 22 Sept. 2009
: the actions or behavior characteristic of a badass
Neveldine and Taylor's … action scenes rely mostly on blood spurts instead of feats of badasseryLA Weekly, 3 Sept. 2009

Word History


badass entry 1 + -ery

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of badassery was in 1995

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“Badassery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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