: failing to reach an acceptable standard : poor
a bad repair job
make a bad impression
: not fresh : spoiled
: not sound : dilapidated
the house was in bad condition
: morally objectionable : evil
: mischievous, disobedient
a bad dog
: inadequate or unsuited to a purpose
a bad plan
: an evil or unhappy state
Things went from bad to worse.
Adjective The house is in bad condition. a letter written in bad French He had a bad day at the office. I was having a bad dream. She made a very bad impression on her future colleagues. We've been having bad weather lately. The medicine left a bad taste in his mouth. It's a bad time for business right now. Things are looking pretty bad for us at this point. I have a bad feeling about this. Noun There's more good than bad in him. We need to teach our children the difference between good and bad. teaching children the difference between the good and the bad He believes that the good go to heaven when they die and the bad go to hell. Adverb He hasn't succeeded because he doesn't want it bad enough. you didn't do too bad on the treadmill test See More
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AdjectiveThere are credible reports that the performance has gotten worse for some users in North America. —Brian Westover, PCMAG, 17 May 2023 He was born with a disability at a time when many children with his condition would have, at worst, been put in an institution and, at best, been allowed to live at home, probably not attending school and definitely not participating in sports. —The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2023 That’s not just bad for business, but for civil liberties too. —David L. Bahnsen, National Review, 17 May 2023 Homesteading requires many upfront costs, which inflation has only made worse. —Chris Moody, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2023 His performance isn’t bad, and neither is Maïwenn’s in the lead role. —Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2023 That kind of put a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth. —Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 16 May 2023 As Big Oil looks worse during an era of visible environmental change, such lavishness at the top isn’t really a good look. —Chloe Berger, Fortune, 15 May 2023 Stargazers of yore tended to perceive supernovae as bad omens, Penprase says, and in today’s climate of misinformation and science denialism, Betelgeuse’s demise could prompt some concerning responses. —Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 15 May 2023
NounGood drama is the choice between two bads. —Hunter Ingram, Variety, 23 Mar. 2023 In the Avenge the Earth storyline, those big bads included Apocalypse, the first mutant, and, of course, Kang the Conqueror. —Joe George, Men's Health, 16 Feb. 2023 Then a new big bad entered the arena. —Peter Rubin, Longreads, 15 Apr. 2022 So what was the rationale behind introducing our new big bad in the exact opposite way? —Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2023 In addition to setting up the Multiverse Saga, the film also includes the introduction of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), who serves as the new big bad for the MCU. —Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2023 The first to face this new big bad of the MCU’s Phases 5 and 6 will be the multigenerational Lang-Van Dyne-Pym clan, who can also collectively be called Ant-Mans and the Wasps. —Tracy Brownstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2023 Jonathan Majors is playing Marvel's new big bad, Kang the Conqueror, in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and beyond. —Brendan Morrow, The Week, 15 Feb. 2023 He was played by John Lithgow as the big bad of season four. —Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2023
AdverbThat started off bad and got better. —Vulture, 21 Feb. 2023 That’s one bad-looking snap through two games. —Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 Who wants frustrated and stressed-out workers bad-mouthing the company to their peers, right? —Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2023 Ignoring one of them can lead you to bad-looking maps no one would prefer. —J. Richard Gott, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2021 The researchers think that by expelling their bad-tasting innards when fish are nibbling nearby, sea squirts may drive the fish away. —Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 26 June 2015 However, employees can’t be completely reckless on social media, making untrue or maliciously disparaging statements, or bad-mouthing their employer with broad-stroke commentary. —Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 After an online Twitter feud where CZ accused SBF of allegedly bad-mouthing him to regulators, the Binance CEO announced on Sunday the company would be dumping all of its holdings of FTT, a token used by FTX customers. —Tristan Bove, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2022 Also, if exposed to too much heat, humidity, or other elements, the gummies can go bad faster than the expiration date. —Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 See More
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