- The definition of bad is something that is wrong in some way, something that is not working properly, or has negative qualities.
- An example of a bad person is a murderer.
- A brown, rotten banana is example of a bad piece of fruit.
- An example of a bad review is a movie critique that hated the film.
Very bad banana.
bad definition by Webster's New World
- not good; not as it should be: a bad attitude, a bad deal
- defective in quality; below standard; inadequate: bad plumbing
- showing a lack of talent, judgment, aptitude, skill, etc.: a bad painting, a bad writer
- not pleasant; unfavorable; disagreeable: bad news
- rotten; spoiled: a bad apple
- incorrect; faulty; erroneous: bad spelling
- wicked; immoral
- not behaving properly; mischievous
- causing injury; harmful: bad for one's health
- severe: a bad storm
- ill; in poor health
- sorry; distressed: he feels bad about it
- offensive; disgusting: a bad smell
- unpaid and not collectible: a bad debt
- Law defective; not valid; void: a bad title
- badder, baddest☆ Slang very good, stylish, effective, etc.
Origin: Middle English bad, badde ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old English bæddel, hermaphrodite
- anything that is bad; bad quality or state
- badness noun
- Archaic bid
- Obsolete bide
bad definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective worse worse , worst worst
- Not achieving an adequate standard; poor: a bad concert.
- Evil; sinful.
- Vulgar or obscene: bad language.
- Informal Disobedient or naughty: bad children.
- Disagreeable, unpleasant, or disturbing: a bad piece of news.
- Unfavorable: bad reviews for the play.
- Not fresh; rotten or spoiled: bad meat.
- Injurious in effect; detrimental: bad habits.
- Not working properly; defective: a bad telephone connection.
- Full of or exhibiting faults or errors: bad grammar.
- Having no validity; void: passed bad checks.
- Being so far behind in repayment as to be considered a loss: bad loans.
- Severe; intense: a bad cold.
- a. Being in poor health or in pain: I feel bad today.b. Being in poor condition; diseased: bad lungs.
- Sorry; regretful: She feels bad about how she treated you.
- bad·der, bad·dest Slang Very good; great.
Origin: Middle English badde.
- badˈness noun
bad - Phrases/Idioms
go to the bad
in badâ Informal
- in trouble
- in disfavor