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 Vanity, the Prince protege, is Nelson's mistress and a heroin addict (because the baddie hooked her on the junk). Julie Hinds,, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 Along the way, Ryo fights baddies, races forklifts, plays arcade games, and generally explores spaces that were, for the era, expansive, complex, and impressive. Wired, "Shenmue III Defies All Expectations—in a Good Way, Mostly," 26 Nov. 2019 The first is that the suit should prevent direct contact between the wearer and the microscopic baddies, forming a physical barrier. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA's Next-Gen Environmental Suits Could Be Inspired by Shark Skin," 6 Dec. 2019 Rey could also be dressing up as a baddie in order to trick someone (maybe Palpatine?) or infiltrate some location. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Questions Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Needs to Answer," 23 Nov. 2019 Wartime propaganda picked up on the signature accessory, deploying it in caricatures of an archetypical German baddie. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, "Monocles Were Never Cool," 13 Oct. 2019 In between, its star, Keanu Reeves, moves through an undulating revenge plot that involves smoking a whole bunch of Russian baddies. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The 10 Best Movies of the 2010s," 13 Nov. 2019 Oh, and Diablo II baddie Lilith is back for IV, the culmination of this very grotesque trailer. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "BlizzCon 2019: Blizzard announces Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands," 1 Nov. 2019 Visitors will be able to see bunches of baddies and have a theme-park experience on 24 select nights between Feb. 7 and July 10. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney supersizing its Villains After Hours event next year," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of baddie

1872, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Baddie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of baddie

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

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dull or mediocre

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