The definition of bad form is an action that is frowned upon because it breaks generally accepted social rules.
An example of bad form is spilling your drink at a dinner party.
Variant of form
- the shape, outline, or configuration of anything; structure as apart from color, material, etc.
- the body or figure of a person or animal
- a model of the human figure, esp. one used to display or fit clothes
- anything used to give shape to something else; mold; specif., a temporary structure of boards or metal into which concrete is poured to set
- the particular mode of existence a thing has or takes: water in the form of vapor
- arrangement; esp., orderly arrangement; way in which parts of a whole are organized; pattern; style
- a specific arrangement, esp. a conventional one
- a way of doing something requiring skill; specif., the style or technique of an athlete, esp. when it is the standard or approved one
- a customary or conventional way of acting or behaving; ceremony; ritual; formality
- a fixed order of words; formula: the form of a wedding announcement
- a printed document with blank spaces to be filled in: an application form
- a particular kind, type, species, or variety: man is a form of animal life
- physical or mental condition with respect to one's performance or effectiveness: in good form for the game
- racing form
- what is or was to be expected, based on past performances: to react according to form
- the lair or hiding place of a hare, etc.
- a long, wooden bench without a back, as formerly in a schoolroom
- a grade or class in some private schools and in British secondary schools
- Archaic beauty
- Gram. any of the different variations in which a word may appear due to changes of inflection, spelling, or pronunciation: “am” is a form of the verb “be”
- Linguis. linguistic form
- Philos. the ideal nature or essential character of a thing as distinguished from its material manifestation; specif., in Plato, an idea (sense )
- Printing the type, engravings, etc. locked in a frame, or chase, for printing or plating
Origin of formMiddle English forme ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin forma, a shape, figure, image ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps (via Etr) Classical Greek morphē
- to give shape or form to; fashion; make, as in some particular way
- to mold or shape by training and discipline; train; instruct
- to develop (habits)
- to think of; frame in the mind; conceive
- to come together into; organize into: to form a club
- to make up; act as; create out of separate elements; constitute: thirteen states formed the original Union
- to build (words) from bases, affixes, etc.
- to construct or make up (a phrase, sentence, etc.)
Origin of formME formen < OFr fourmer < L formare < the n.
- to be formed; assume shape
- to come into being; take form
- to take a definite or specific form or shape
good (or bad) form
conduct in (or not in) accord with social custom