bad·​die | \ ˈba-dē How to pronounce baddie (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web For as long as there have been stages and screens, disability and disfigurement have been used as visual shorthand for evildoing — a nod to the audience that a character was a baddie to be feared. Cara Buckley, New York Times, "Scary Is How You Act, Not Look, Disability Advocates Tell Filmmakers," 17 Nov. 2020 The trailer then shows the franchise's famous baddie Michael Myers picking up his iconic white mask from the ground. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'Halloween Kills' drops another teaser trailer, Jamie Lee Curtis says film connects to BLM," 31 Oct. 2020 The good news is that virologists already do this by taking samples from wild animals—birds, swine, bats—that harbor microbes capable of jumping to humans the way SARS-CoV-2, the baddie that causes COVID-19, did. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "We already know how to keep the next pandemic from catching us off guard," 8 Oct. 2020 Nine years later, when Iran’s top military commander and strategist, Qasem Soleimani, was arguably the world’s chief baddie, Biden was against targeting him, too. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Wrong-Way Biden," 3 Sep. 2020 Villain fatigue usually starts to set in with a seasonlong baddie, but that wasn't the case here. Chancellor Agard,, "The Flash boss says season 6's sudden ending makes season 7 'stronger'," 13 May 2020 The coronavirus may be the first real baddie to slash summer camp right off the calendar. René A. Guzman,, "COVID-19 pandemic expected to close or delay summer camps, but you can create your own," 11 May 2020 After all, Hemsworth has already done more than his share of battling baddies and saving citizens as the hammer-wielding superhero Thor in a string of Marvel blockbusters, with more installments on the way. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "‘Extraction’ ending explained: Will there be a sequel to the Netflix action movie?," 24 Apr. 2020 This scene has Hemsworth, as Tyler Rake, trying to protect the boy, Ovi (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), from one of the movie’s many baddies, Saju (Randeep Hooda). Mekado Murphy, New York Times, "How ‘Extraction’ Leaps Into Action," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of baddie

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Baddie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of baddie

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

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