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)

Example Sentences

the actor has never been cast as a hero, but he's played every kind of baddie imaginable
Recent Examples on the Web Agatha, on the other hand, with her unkempt hair, baggy clothes (pants, naturally), and DGAF attitude is more of a traditional baddie — just without the resentment and desire to harm. Olivia Truffaut-wong,, 20 Oct. 2022 Porkalob chose the role of Rutledge, a baddie with a big number. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2022 Although officially part of a Marvel-wide crossover concerning the home planet of Spider-Man baddie Venom, King in Black allowed Busiek and his collaborators to revisit Namor’s past, exploring both his villainous and heroic sides. Joe George, Men's Health, 11 Nov. 2022 Maya Rudolph has no problem taking on the role of a baddie. Julie Jordan, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 There’s no question that there’s a baddie out there that has yet to surface, and episode 7 got us closer to the big reveal. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Oct. 2022 Furious 7 brought us Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw—a serious baddie who, by F8, had also kind of come around. Eva Holland, Outside Online, 14 Aug. 2022 The chief baddie is a glamorous vampire real-estate agent, Audrey (Karla Souza), who is out to colonize the Valley by setting up the houses there as vampire hives. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 11 Aug. 2022 Instead of Rasputin as the villain, McNally wrote Gleb as a more complex baddie. Christopher Wallenberg,, 11 Aug. 2022 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 5 Dec. 2022.

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