bad·​die ˈba-dē How to pronounce baddie (audio)
variants or baddy
plural baddies
: a bad person or thing
especially : an opponent of the hero (as in fiction or motion pictures)

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 One such challenge was how to write a villain who feels unique when set against a long lineup of the studio’s vintage baddies. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 Lurking in the shadows and adding to that body count is the enigmatic Ole Munch (Sam Spruell), perhaps the most primal baddie in the history of a series that gave us V.M Varga (David Thewlis) and Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 This time around, though, there are more baddies, better visuals, and two spider-men to contend with, all of which make for a highly successful sequel that builds upon the prior titles in clever, if somewhat expected, ways. Brandon Widder, The Verge, 20 Oct. 2023 But there are signs of a growing recognition that having a baddie by your side could enhance a player’s standing, on and off the field. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 11 Oct. 2023 The vamp-like baddie fights Zoro with only a knife—and handily beats our hero. William Goodman, Men's Health, 5 Sep. 2023 So the show really is a love letter for the fatty baddies and oddy bodies. Max Gao, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 July 2023 The star was reluctant to say much about the AI baddie, but when CNN’s Becky Anderson caught up with the cast and crew in Abu Dhabi – the next stop on the film’s globetrotting promotional tour – McQuarrie was more candid. Thomas Page, CNN, 28 June 2023 The baddies’ descent on the skyscraper safe house where Rake and the refugees are holed up is designed like a video game where the objective is to make it out of the building alive. Courtney Howard, Variety, 15 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of baddie was in 1872

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“Baddie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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