Translation of bad in Spanish:
adjective/adjetivo (comparative/comparativo worse superlative/superlativo, worst)
The usual translation of bad, malo, becomes mal when it is used before a masculine singular noun.
- 1 1.1 (of poor quality) malo her handwriting is bad tiene mala letra he's a bad liar no sabe mentir that wouldn't be a bad idea no es mala idea, no estaría mal 1.2 (unreliable, incompetent) (predicative/predicativo) to be bad
atsth/ -ingser* malo paraalgo/+ infinitive/infinitivoI'm bad at names/remembering dates soy malo or no tengo cabeza para los nombres /para recordar fechasto be bad about -inghe's bad about returning things he's borrowed le cuesta devolver lo que pide prestadoto be bad onsth I'm bad on punctuation la puntuación no es mi fuerteExample 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.
- 2 2.1 (unpleasant) [weather/experience/news] malo I've had a bad day he tenido (un) mal día to go from bad to worse ir* de mal en peor it tastes/smells bad sabe/huele mal, tiene mal gusto/olor 2.2 (unsatisfactory) malo you've come at a bad moment vienes en (un) mal momento it's been a bad year for wine/the tourist industry ha sido un mal año de vinos/para el turismo that's not bad at all! ¡no está nada mal! it'll look bad if you don't turn up queda mal or feo que no vayas it was bad that nobody visited her estuvo muy mal que no fuera nadie a verla (it's) too bad we don't have a car [colloquial/familiar] ¡qué lástima que no tengamos coche! too bad you didn't think of that earlier! [colloquial/familiar] ¡haberlo pensado antes! [colloquial/familiar] it's too bad you can't come es una lástima or una pena que no puedas venir if she doesn't like it, that's just too bad [colloquial/familiar] si no le gusta, peor para ella I was here first — too bad! [colloquial/familiar] yo llegué antes — ¡pues mala suerte!Example sentences2.3 (harmful) maloto be bad
- 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.
forsb/sth too much food is bad for you comer demasiado es malo or hace mal smoking is bad for your health fumar es malo or perjudicial para la saludExample 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 3 3.1 (impolite) [behavior/manners] malo a bad word una palabrota, una mala palabra bad boy/girl! don't do that! ¡no hagas eso! ¡malo/mala! 3.2 (evil) [person] malo anyone who likes children can't be all bad si le gustan los niños no puede ser tan maloExample 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.
- She has even invented a mechanical parrot that speaks bad French.
- They were swearing at me as I laid on the floor, with very bad words.
- Speak very bad words to him in the 90 minutes and, after that, say you're sorry.
- 4 (severe) [mistake/injury] grave; [headache] fuerte he has a bad cough tiene mucha tos a boy with bad acne/a bad stammer un chico con mucho acné/que tartamudea muchoExample 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.
- 5 (rotten) [egg/fish/fruit] podrido to go bad echarse a perderExample 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.
- 6 (afflicted) she's got a bad leg está mal de la pierna this is my bad leg esta es mi pierna mala I've got a bad tooth tengo un diente cariado/una muela cariada how are you? — not so bad! [colloquial/familiar] ¿qué tal estás? — aquí ando, tirando [colloquial/familiar] to be in a bad way [colloquial/familiar] estar* fatal [colloquial/familiar], estar* mal
- 7 (sorry) to feel bad about sth I feel bad about not having written to her me da no sé qué no haberle escrito it's not your fault; there's no need to feel bad about it no es culpa tuya, no tienes por qué preocuparte
- 8 [Finance] [check] sin fondosExample 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.
- 1.1 uncountable/no numerable all the bad that he's done todo el mal que ha hecho there's good and bad in everybody todos tenemos cosas buenas y malas you have to learn to take the bad with the good hay que aprender a aceptar lo bueno y lo malo, hay que aprender a aceptar las cosas como vienen she always looks for the bad in any situation siempre ve el lado malo de todo to go to the bad echarse a perder, perderse* 1.2to the bad [Finance] en números rojos 1.3 (people) the bad (+ plural verb/+ verbo en plural) los malos
- (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] to need sth real bad necesitar algo desesperadamente if you want it bad enough si de verdad lo quieres he's been hurt bad le han hecho mucho daño she's got it bad for him está loca por él, se derrite por él [colloquial/familiar]
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