Synonyms of bad in English:



  • 5 bad news
    unpleasant, disagreeable, unwelcome; unfortunate, unlucky, unfavorable; terrible, dreadful, awful, grim, distressing
    bad news
    [Antonyms] good
  • 8 the meat's bad
    rotten, decayed, decomposed, decomposing, putrid, putrefied, off, moldy; sour, spoiled, rancid, rank, unfit for human consumption; (of an egg) addled; (of beer) skunky
    the meat's bad
    [Antonyms] fresh
  • 10 a bad knee
    injured, wounded, diseased
    dated game
  • 12 a bad check
    invalid, worthless; counterfeit, fake, false, bogus, fraudulent
    informal phony, dud
    a bad check
    [Antonyms] valid


not bad

hey, this curried octopus is not bad the movie's not bad, but the book's much better all rightadequategood enoughpretty goodreasonablefairdecentaveragetolerableacceptablepassablemiddlingmoderatefine informalOKso-so'comme ci, comme ça'fair-to-middlingsatisfactory



Confusion in the use of bad versus badly usually has to do with verbs called copulas, such as feel or seem . Thus, standard usage calls for I feel bad , not I feel badly . As a precise speaker or writer would explain, I feel badly means ‘I do not have a good sense of touch.’

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