bad·die | \ˈba-dē \
variants: or baddy
plural baddies

Definition of baddie 


: a bad person or thing especially : an opponent of the hero (as in fiction or motion pictures)

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Examples of baddie in a Sentence

the actor has never been cast as a hero, but he's played every kind of baddie imaginable

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And Villanelle, one of the most delightful TV baddies in recent memory, takes gruesome pleasure in toying with the agent on her tail. Daniel D'addario, Time, "Best TV Shows of 2018 So Far," 30 May 2018 His ultimate baddie Thanos makes very unpopular decisions like, well, wiping out half the universe based on real-world overpopulation demands for scarce resources. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Sicario' star Josh Brolin is smiling over his killer summer, even with superhero deaths," 26 June 2018 At the end of that movie, baddie Thanos snapped his fingers and destroyed half of all life in the universe. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Here's What Happens in the Ant-Man and the Wasp Post-Credits Scenes," 6 July 2018 Here are nine post-millennial baddies whose wickedness is often cut with bits of decency, victimization, or gentility. Matthew Gilbert,, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018 The final message is that virtue and vice are entwined; unlike spaghetti Westerns, the play has no straightforward goodies or baddies. The Economist, "On stage, the saga of the Lehman brothers is a parable of America," 12 July 2018 In one, an enlarged Hello Kitty Pez dispenser is turned into a weapon, hurled at a baddie in the manner of an old-fashioned Scottish caber toss. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp Has Stakes as Small as Its Superheroes But It’s Hard to Dislike," 3 July 2018 But the emotion and pain beneath the physicality, both in and out of that suit, are the elements that make Ghost a surprisingly sympathetic baddie. Jen Yamato,, "Meet Hannah John-Kamen, breakout super-villain in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'," 5 July 2018 There are baddies who turn out to be goodies, and a goody who turns out to be very bad indeed: an ambitious woman with a soul shrivelled by envy. The Economist, "Bill Clinton’s debut thriller is an exercise in wish-fulfilment," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of baddie

1872, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of baddie

: a bad person in a book, movie, etc.

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