- 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.
- 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 of badMiddle English bad, badde ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old English bæddel, hermaphrodite
- anything that is bad; bad quality or state
go to the bad
in bad☆ Informal
- in trouble
- in disfavor
adjectiveworse worse , worst worst
- Not achieving an adequate standard; poor: a bad concert.
- Immoral or evil.
- Vulgar or obscene: bad language.
- 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 of badMiddle English badde, perhaps from shortening of Old English bæddel, hermaphrodite, effeminate or homosexual male.
(comparative worse or badder, superlative worst or baddest)
- Not good; unfavorable; negative.
- You have bad credit.
- Seemingly non-appropriate, in manners, etc.
- It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full.
- Not suitable or fitting.
- Do you think it is a bad idea to confront him directly?
- Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.
- Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved.
- Evil; wicked.
- Be careful. There are bad people in the world.
- Faulty; not functional.
- I had a bad headlight.
- (of food) Spoiled, rotten, overripe.
- These apples have gone bad.
- (of breath) Malodorous, foul.
- Bad breath is not pleasant for anyone.
- (informal) Bold and daring.
- (of a need or want) Severe, urgent.
- He is in bad need of a haircut.
If a person says a food (such as chocolate-covered lard) is "bad for you", that person usually means that the food is "unhealthy". Some foods (such as grapes) are bad for dogs (meaning they are unhealthful for dogs) but not bad for humans. Non-foods can also be "bad for you": eating arsenic is bad for you, and smoking cigarettes is also bad for you.
The comparative badder and superlative baddest are nonstandard usage.
(comparative worse, superlative worst)
- (now colloquial) Badly.
- I didn't do too bad in the last exam.
From Middle English bad, badde (“wicked, evil, depraved”), probably a shortening of Old English bæddel (“hermaphrodite”) (cf. English much, wench, from Old English myċel, wenċel), from bædan (“to defile”), from Proto-Germanic *bad- (cf. Old High German pad (“hermaphrodite”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoidʰ- (cf. Welsh baedd (“wild boar”), Latin foedus (“foul, filthy”), foedō (“to defile, pollute”)).
(comparative badder, superlative baddest)
- (slang) Fantastic.
- You is [sic] bad, man!
- Also Bek is "bad" at Madden.
Probably identical to bad, etymology 1, above, especially in the sense "bold, daring".
From Middle English bad, from Old English bæd, first and third-person singular indicative past tense of biddan (“to ask”).
(third-person singular simple present bads, present participle badding, simple past and past participle badded)
- (UK, dialect) To shell (a walnut).