Bad meaning

băd
Disagreeable, unpleasant, or disturbing.

A bad piece of news.

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Being so far behind in repayment as to be considered a loss.

Bad loans.

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Not fresh; rotten or spoiled.

Bad meat.

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Disobedient or naughty.

Bad children.

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Unfavorable.

Bad reviews for the play.

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Something that is below standard or expectations, as of ethics or decency.

Weighing the good against the bad.

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Sorry; distressed.

He feels bad about it.

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(slang) Very good, stylish, effective, etc.
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(slang) Very good; great.
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Badly.
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Sorry; regretful.

She feels bad about how she treated you.

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Showing a lack of talent, judgment, aptitude, skill, etc.

A bad painting, a bad writer.

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Rotten; spoiled.

A bad apple.

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Incorrect; faulty; erroneous.

Bad spelling.

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Causing injury; harmful.

Bad for one's health.

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Severe.

A bad storm.

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Offensive; disgusting.

A bad smell.

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Unpaid and not collectible.

A bad debt.

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(law) Defective; not valid; void.

A bad title.

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(archaic) Alternative past tense of bid. See bade.
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Ill; in poor health.
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Anything that is bad; bad quality or state.
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Wickedness.
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You have bad credit.

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Seemingly non-appropriate, in manners, etc.

It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full.

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Do you think it is a bad idea to confront him directly?

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Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved.

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Be careful. There are bad people in the world.

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I had a bad headlight.

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(of food) Spoiled, rotten, overripe.

These apples have gone bad.

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(of breath) Malodorous, foul.

Bad breath is not pleasant for anyone.

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(informal) Bold and daring.
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(of a need or want) Severe, urgent.

He is in bad need of a haircut.

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(now colloquial) Badly.

I didn't do too bad in the last exam.

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(slang) Error, mistake.

Sorry, my bad!

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(countable, uncountable, economics) An item (kind of item) of merchandise with negative value; an unwanted good.
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(slang) Fantastic.

You is [sic] bad, man!

Also Bek is "bad" at Madden.

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(UK, dialect) To shell (a walnut).
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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.

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Immoral or evil.
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Vulgar or obscene.

Bad language.

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Injurious in effect; detrimental.

Bad habits.

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Not working properly; defective.

A bad telephone connection.

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Full of or exhibiting faults or errors.

Bad grammar.

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Having no validity; void.

Passed bad checks.

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Severe; intense.

A bad cold.

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(informal) Badly.
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Not achieving an adequate standard; poor.

A bad concert.

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(informal) in bad
  • In trouble or disfavor.
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(slang) my bad
  • Used to acknowledge that one is at fault.
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(informal) not half
  • Reasonably good.
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that's too bad
  • Used to express sadness or sympathy.
  • Used in response to a protest or complaint to express insistence that the speaker's expectation be met.
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go to the bad
  • to become wicked, shiftless, etc.; degenerate
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(informal) in bad
  • in trouble
  • in disfavor
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my bad!
  • that's my mistake! it's my fault!
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not bad
  • good; fairly good; not unsatisfactory
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the bad
  • those who are wicked
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too bad
  • regrettable
  • that is regrettable!
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bad

  • Middle English badde perhaps from shortening of Old English bæddel hermaphrodite, effeminate or homosexual male

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bad, from Old English bæd, first and third-person singular indicative past tense of biddan (“to ask”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably identical to bad, etymology 1, above, especially in the sense "bold, daring".

    From Wiktionary

  • Unknown

    From Wiktionary