AskDefine | Define bad

Dictionary Definition

bad adj
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" [ant: good]
2 very intense; "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm" [syn: 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" [syn: tough]
4 (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; "bad meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food" [syn: spoiled, spoilt]
5 not capable of being collected; "a bad (or uncollectible) debt" [syn: uncollectible]
6 below average in quality or performance; "a bad chess player"; "a bad recital"
7 nonstandard; "so-called bad grammar"
8 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" [syn: insecure, risky, high-risk, speculative]
9 physically unsound or diseased; "has a bad back"; "a bad heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth" [syn: unfit, unsound]
10 capable of harming; "bad habits"; "bad air"; "smoking is bad for you"
11 keenly sorry or regretful; "felt bad about letting the team down"; "was sorry that she had treated him so badly"; "felt bad about breaking the vase" [syn: sorry]
12 characterized by wickedness or immorality; "led a very bad life" [syn: immoral]
13 reproduced fraudulently; "like a bad penny..."; "a forged twenty dollar bill" [syn: forged]
14 not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance" [syn: defective] n : that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency; "take the bad with the good" [syn: badness] [ant: good, good] adv
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" [syn: badly]
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" [syn: badly] [also: worst, worse]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /bæd/
  • Rhymes with: -æd

Etymology 1

From badde.


  1. Not good; unfavorable; negative.
  2. Seemingly non-appropriate, in manners, etc.
    It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full.
  3. Not suitable or fitting.
  4. tricky; stressful; unpleasant
    Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved.
  5. evil, wicked
    Be careful. There are bad people in the world.
  6. A result that is negative in the eyes of the speaker.
  7. faulty; not functional
    I had a bad headlight.
  8. Of food, spoilt, rotten, overripe.
  9. Of breath, malodorous, foul.
not good
  • Breton: fall
  • Catalan: mal, mala, dolent
  • Chinese: (huài)
  • Crimean Tatar: osal, yaramay
  • Croatian: loš, loša, loše
  • Czech: špatný
  • Danish: dårlig
  • Dutch: slecht
  • Esperanto: malbona
  • Finnish: huono, paha, kelvoton, kielteinen
  • French: mauvais, mauvaise, mal
  • German: schlecht
  • Greek: κακός, άσχημος
  • Guaraní: vai
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Hungarian: rossz
  • Icelandic: vondur, vonda, vond
  • Indonesian: buruk, jelek
  • Interlingua: mal
  • Italian: cattivo
  • Japanese: 悪い
  • Kurdish: bed, xirab, nebaş, ,
  • Latvian: slikts
  • Malay: buruk
  • Mongolian: муу
  • Norwegian: dårlig
  • Novial: mal, mali
  • Persian: (bad)
  • Polish: zły, zła, złe
  • Portuguese: ruim
  • Russian: плохой
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: лошe , cлaбo
    Roman: loše , slabo
  • Slovene: slab, slaba, slabo
  • Spanish: malo
  • Swedish: dålig
  • Tagalog: mali, masama
  • Tupinambá: aíb
seemingly non-appropriate, in manners
  • Breton: drouk
  • Chinese: (wù)
  • Croatian: ružan, ružna, ružno
  • Czech: zlý, špatný
  • Danish: dårlig
  • Dutch: ongepast, ongemanierd, verkeerd
  • Esperanto: malbona
  • Finnish: huonotapainen, huono
  • German: schlecht
  • Indonesian: jahat
  • Interlingua: mal
  • Japanese: 悪い
  • Norwegian: dårlig
  • Novial: mal, mali
  • Polish: zły, zła, złe
  • Portuguese: ruim
  • Russian: плохой, дурной
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: непристојно
    Roman: nepristojno
  • Swedish: olämplig, opassande, ful
  • Tagalog: mali
  • Tupinambá: poxy
not suitable or fitting
  • Czech: špatný, vadný
  • Danish: dårlig
  • Dutch: ongepast
  • Esperanto: malbona
  • Finnish: huono, sopimaton
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Hungarian: rossz
  • Italian: sbagliato
  • Japanese: 悪い
  • Latvian: nepiemērots
  • Norwegian: dårlig, gal
  • Novial: mal, mali
  • Polish: zły, zła, złe
  • Portuguese: mau
  • Russian: плохой, неподходящий
  • Slovene: slab, slaba, slabo
  • Swedish: opassande
  • Tagalog: mali, masama
tricky; stressful; unpleasant
  • Croatian: loš, loša, loše; ružan, ružna, ružno; gadan, gadna, gadno
  • Danish: dårlig, ubehagelig
  • Dutch: onaangenaam, naar
  • Esperanto: malbona
  • Finnish: ikävä, paha
  • German: schlecht, unangenehm
  • Hungarian: kellemetlen
  • Japanese: 悪い
  • Malay: buruk
  • Norwegian: dårlig, ubehagelig
  • Novial: mal, mali
  • Polish: zły, zła, złe
  • Portuguese: mau, má
  • Russian: плохой, неприятный
  • Slovene: slab, slaba, slabo
evil, wicked
  • Croatian: zao, zla, zlo; zločest, zločesta, zločesto
  • Czech: zlý, podlý
  • Danish: ond, slet, slem
  • Dutch: slecht, kwaad
  • Esperanto: malbona
  • Finnish: paha, ilkeä
  • German: böse
  • Hebrew: , ,
  • Hungarian: rossz
  • Italian: brutto, cattivo
  • Japanese: 悪い
  • Kurdish: به‌د
  • Latvian: ļauns
  • Malay: jahat
  • Norwegian: dårlig, ond
  • Novial: mal]], : fantastic
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Extensive Definition

Bad is a concept in ethics used to describe undesirable circumstances or events.
Bad may also refer to:

See also

bad in Danish: Bad (flertydig)
bad in German: Bad
bad in Spanish: Bad
bad in French: Bad
bad in Dutch: Bad
bad in Dutch Low Saxon: Bad
bad in Japanese: バッド
bad in Vietnamese: Bad

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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