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Meaning & Definition of Bad in English

English

Bad

/bæd/

noun

1. That which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

  • "Take the bad with the good"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • badness

adjective

1. Having undesirable or negative qualities

  • "A bad report card"
  • "His sloppy appearance made a bad impression"
  • "A bad little boy"
  • "Clothes in bad shape"
  • "A bad cut"
  • "Bad luck"
  • "The news was very bad"
  • "The reviews were bad"
  • "The pay is bad"
  • "It was a bad light for reading"
  • "The movie was a bad choice"
    synonym:
  • bad

2. Very intense

  • "A bad headache"
  • "In a big rage"
  • "Had a big (or bad) shock"
  • "A bad earthquake"
  • "A bad storm"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • big

3. Feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

  • "My throat feels bad"
  • "She felt bad all over"
  • "He was feeling tough after a restless night"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • tough

4. (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition

  • "Bad meat"
  • "A refrigerator full of spoilt food"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • spoiled
  • ,
  • spoilt

5. Feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

  • "Felt regretful over his vanished youth"
  • "Regretful over mistakes she had made"
  • "He felt bad about breaking the vase"
    synonym:
  • regretful
  • ,
  • sorry
  • ,
  • bad

6. Not capable of being collected

  • "A bad (or uncollectible) debt"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • uncollectible

7. Below average in quality or performance

  • "A bad chess player"
  • "A bad recital"
    synonym:
  • bad

8. Nonstandard

  • "So-called bad grammar"
    synonym:
  • bad

9. Not financially safe or secure

  • "A bad investment"
  • "High risk investments"
  • "Anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"
  • "Speculative business enterprises"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • risky
  • ,
  • high-risk
  • ,
  • speculative

10. Physically unsound or diseased

  • "Has a bad back"
  • "A bad heart"
  • "Bad teeth"
  • "An unsound limb"
  • "Unsound teeth"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • unfit
  • ,
  • unsound

11. Capable of harming

  • "Bad air"
  • "Smoking is bad for you"
    synonym:
  • bad

12. Characterized by wickedness or immorality

  • "Led a very bad life"
    synonym:
  • bad

13. Reproduced fraudulently

  • "Like a bad penny..."
  • "A forged twenty dollar bill"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • forged

14. Not working properly

  • "A bad telephone connection"
  • "A defective appliance"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • defective

adverb

1. With great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')

  • "The injury hurt badly"
  • "The buildings were badly shaken"
  • "It hurts bad"
  • "We need water bad"
    synonym:
  • badly
  • ,
  • bad

2. Very much

  • Strongly
  • "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"
  • "The cables had sagged badly"
  • "They were badly in need of help"
  • "He wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"
    synonym:
  • badly
  • ,
  • bad

Examples of using

Why do bad things happen?
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
I have some bad news for you.