adjective (worse /wərs/; worst /wərst/)
- 1Of poor quality; inferior or defective: a bad diet bad eyesightMore example sentences
substandard, poor, inferior, second-rate, second-class, unsatisfactory, inadequate, unacceptable, not up to scratch, not up to par, deficient, imperfect, defective, faulty, shoddy, amateurish, careless, negligent, miserable, sorry; incompetent, inept, inexpert, ineffectual; awful, atrocious, appalling, execrable, deplorable, terrible, abysmal
- More big fish are lost through bad knots or poor quality crimping than for any other reason.
- There were a lot of bad websites at one point where the loading was bad, quality of images were poor and the interface was clumsy.
- The poor living conditions, bad diet, lack of exercise and now being alone have all taken their toll.
- 1.1(Of a person) not able to do something well; incompetent: I’m so bad at names a bad listenerMore example sentences
- Yes, I do think that sometimes philosophers are very bad at it, because they don't think about it.
- Now, having said all that, it still has to be said that Dawn is pretty bad at fantasy football.
- I'm not sure why humans are so bad at planning for the future, especially for those things we can predict.
- 2Not such as to be hoped for or desired; unpleasant or unwelcome: bad weather we had the worst luck (as noun the bad) taking the good with the badMore example sentences
- I went out to the deck, hoping even with the bad weather that I could train a bit.
- Even the TV had the grace to allow a bad weather news day to take precedence.
- In the days before the wireless, he was trained to bear news of imminent bad weather from island to island.
- 2.1(Of an unwelcome thing) serious; severe: bad headaches a bad crash a bad mistakeMore example sentences
- The water was a bit soapy and although she never got pregnant, she had some really bad aches and pains for weeks after that.
- At 12.47 a call is received from a patient recently discharged from hospital after a hip operation and now in very bad pain.
- He visited his doctor who sent him home and when he phoned later that afternoon his chest pains were still bad so an ambulance was called.
- 2.2Unfavorable; adverse: bad reviewsMore example sentences
- A musician once said to me if you don't get any bad reviews you're not doing your job.
- The worst thing is when your mother calls you on the phone to read you your bad reviews out loud.
- There are some really bad reviews of it, but I would kind of like to take a look at it nonetheless.
- 2.3Harmful: soap was bad for his faceMore example sentences
- Whether it is good for you or not, I would contend that all food can be good for you or it can be bad for you.
- Some flower beds and tubs have been planted up but the weather has been to bad for painting.
- If I did not know better, I would have to say that running is bad for you, with both of us seriously ill.
- 2.4Not suitable: morning was a bad time to ask Andy about anythingMore example sentences
- Consumers mistakenly believe it's a bad time to get good mortgage.
- Is now a bad time to ask how much you are spending on prenatal and pregnancy-related health care?
- There's a good time and a bad time to ask your boss for more money.
- 3(Of food) decayed; putrid: everything in the fridge would go badMore example sentences
- You can't get much sleep; and the kids are throwing up because the food is bad.
- The stray dogs may be hungrier, but I don't think they ever ate that bad rice.
- Many feared that if the food went bad and somebody became ill that they would be liable and could be sued.
- 3.1(Of the atmosphere) polluted; unhealthy: bad airMore example sentences
- If economic growth continues, there are bound to be more cars spewing bad air.
- Does the arachnid feel a difference in the air between a bad ozone day and a good one?
- There must be a magic line down the middle of the street that divides the good air from the bad air.
- 4(Of parts of the body) injured, diseased, or causing pain: a bad backMore example sentences
injured, wounded, diseased• dated game
- After all, our national inheritance also includes heart disease, damp and bad teeth.
- Her son joined another queue to have his bad back checked and would be there for hours, so we took her to our hotel to rest.
- I was taking Baja out for a bathroom run when he yanked me and I slipped on an ice patch, twisting my bad knee.
- 4.1 [as complement] (Of a person) unwell: I feel badMore example sentences
- Pain is your body's way of telling you to stop, and ignoring it will not only make you feel bad but probably injure you into the bargain.
- Even if you don't feel that bad, meningitis is a quick moving disease so it's better to be safe than sorry.
- Would allergic kids let us know if they felt bad or accidentally contacted something?
- 5 [as complement] Regretful, guilty, or ashamed about something: working mothers who feel bad about leaving their childrenMore example sentences
- I felt so bad, so ashamed of the person I am today, so worthless, so empty, so useless.
- I feel slightly bad, but hope you guessed correctly which option I would go for.
- She had been a bitch to Michelle and she felt bad about it after Hope had put it in the light.
- 6Morally depraved; wicked: the bad guys bad language a bad reputationMore example sentences
- It may also be true that some managers and record companies exploit their artists' bad reputations for commercial gain.
- A bad reputation can only help demoralise employees and no greater flexibility of hours worked will overcome this.
- He said he had to chastise his young members because they were creating a bad reputation for the organisation.
- 6.1Naughty; badly behaved: what a bad girl bad behaviorMore example sentences
- Teachers also noticed a reduction in criminal and bad behaviour.
- What happens when one's bad behaviour is considered as usual and is no longer condemned or even commented on?
- The general level of ignorance on what is good or bad behaviour is compounded by the idealisation of childhood.
- 7Worthless; not valid: he ran up 87 bad checksMore example sentences
- He relies on the telephone and on an eye trained by expensive experience to ferret out bad checks.
- The geeks will not inherit the earth: They spend too much time watching movies and checking for bad physics.
- One of my earlier cases was investigating a bad cheque that had been passed at a local merchant.
- 8 (badder, baddest) • informal , chiefly North American Good; excellent: they want the baddest, best-looking Corvette there isMore example sentences
- He was amusing, and he made me feel as if I was the baddest one in the place.
- ‘It was the baddest car I'd ever seen and I promised myself right then that one day I'd have one just like it.’
- She knew she was badder than these wannabe hoodlums.
adverbNorth American • informal Back to top
- Badly: he beat her up real badMore example sentences
- I tell you, if we start to win again, I want to beat them real bad this time.
- No matter how bad I threw the ball, it was still going to knock down at least one pin.
- It would be disrespectful of me to talk bad of her on a forum that everybody can read.
come to a bad end
- see end.
from bad to worse
- Into an even worse state: the country’s going from bad to worseMore example sentences
- This has only turned things from bad to worse because the buses have to now ply on a narrow road before reaching the road connecting Town Hall.
- This is one of those days, however, that just keeps going from bad to worse, as Brandon and his passengers are soon to discover.
- The week has gone from bad to worse for the Wexford County Board.
in a bad way
- Ill: Sammy shivered. He was in a bad wayMore example sentences
- He was in a bad way, so very weak, only the occasional half-hearted flap of his wings.
- His teeth were too long, his hooves in a bad way and he had septicaemia, a disease caused by toxic micro-organisms in the blood.
- He looked in a bad way and I think they took him off at Singapore.
- In trouble: the fleet was in a bad way, mainly due to a shortage of sparesMore example sentences
- The grade two listed building, owned by North Lincolnshire Council, has been empty for the last 21 years, and is in a bad way, with extensive wet and dry rot, rotten internal floors and the fireplaces ripped out.
- He said: ‘It looks in a bad way but just needs tidying up really.’
- ‘Schools are in a bad way,’ he continues, shaking his head.
- North American • informal Used to acknowledge responsibility for a mistake: Sorry about the confusion. It’s my badMore example sentences
- I didn't flip the shirt over to see that there is in fact an Ivory-billed Woodpecker on the back, my bad.
- I hate when people say ‘my bad’ it's so annoying, just say ‘sorry’ for god's sake.
- Just kidding; it didn't take long at all - sorry for the linguistic impasse, my bad.
not (or not so) bad
- • informal Fairly good: she discovered he wasn’t so bad after allMore example sentences
- There's still a mad scramble the night before, but it's not so bad.
- But after a few trips to the toilet and some painkillers it's not so bad.
- This was not so bad as the grill was on on quite low.
to the bad
- To ruin: I hate to see you going to the badMore example sentences
- The third key process I wish to identify is chiefly to the bad.
- The Britain of this film is a vision of modernity gone to the bad.
- In many ways, Peter's is the classic story of a youngster who turned to the bad because he could not see any way forward.
- In deficit: he was $80 to the badMore example sentences
- But when they finished the first half two points to the bad, after playing with the aid of a significant breeze, they were always unlikely to prevail.
- Defending their European Cup Winners' Cup, Ferguson's side emerged at Pittodrie two goals to the bad against Dosza of Hungary.
- Now he shows up unannounced with his passive-aggressive Chinese flute at The Bride's wedding rehearsal, like Caine gone to the bad.
- • informal Used to indicate that something is regrettable but now beyond retrieval: too bad, but that’s the way it isMore example sentences
- Now when that means you lose a little money on the stock market or whatever, that's too bad.
- In a way it's too bad, but if he becomes a casualty, it will be his own fault.
- It would be too bad if professional boxing had to be stopped because there is a lot of good talent here.
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- But I think you should tell her before something baddish happens.
- Then, when I'm having a baddish moment they come up and be nice to me, then I spit something back in their face that I'd rather not and the cycle of being ignored begins again.
- The woman, with the baddish cat following closely at her heels, entered the Bilkins mansion, reached her chamber in the attic without being intercepted, and there laid aside her finery.
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- His great belief was that there should be discussion about all aspects of life because wisdom came from knowledge and badness came from ignorance.
- The lyrics were pure rock, riddled with frustration and anger, and implicitly threatening of badness just waiting to unfold unless things get better.
- It's bad, yes, as bad as advertised, but it has a certain kind of rare badness, the kind that holds up on repeating viewings.
Middle English: perhaps representing Old English bǣddel 'hermaphrodite, womanish man'.
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.’ See also good (usage).