Translation of bad in Spanish:
adjective comparative worse superlative worst
The usual translation of bad, malo, becomes mal when it is used before a masculine singular noun.
- 1 1.1 (of poor quality) her handwriting is badtiene mala letrahe's a bad liarno sabe mentirthat wouldn't be a bad ideano es mala idea1.2 (unreliable, incompetent) (predicative) to be bad
no estaría mal
atsomething/ -ingser maloI'm bad at names/remembering dates paraalgo/+ infinitivesoy malo or no tengo cabeza para los nombres /para recordar fechasto be bad about -inghe's bad about returning things he's borrowedle cuesta devolver lo que pide prestadoto be bad onsomethingI'm bad on punctuationla 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)I've had a bad day
malohe tenido (un) mal díato go from bad to worseir de mal en peorit tastes/smells badsabe/huele mal2.2 (unsatisfactory) you've come at a bad moment
tiene mal gusto/olorvienes en (un) mal momentoit's been a bad year for wine/the tourist industryha sido un mal año de vinos/para el turismothat's not bad at all!¡no está nada mal!it'll look bad if you don't turn upqueda mal or feo que no vayasit was bad that nobody visited herestuvo muy mal que no fuera nadie a verla(it's) too bad we don't have a car [colloquial]¡qué lástima que no tengamos coche!too bad you didn't think of that earlier! [colloquial]¡haberlo pensado antes! [colloquial]it's too bad you can't comees una lástima or una pena que no puedas venirif she doesn't like it, that's just too bad [colloquial]si no le gusta, peor para ellaI was here first — too bad! [colloquial]yo llegué antes — ¡pues mala suerte!Example sentences2.3 (harmful) to 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.
forsomebody/somethingtoo much food is bad for youcomer demasiado es malo or hace malsmoking is bad for your healthfumar 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.
- 3 3.1 (impolite)(behavior/manners)a bad word
malouna palabrotabad boy/girl! don't do that!
una mala palabra¡no hagas eso! ¡malo/mala!3.2 (evil)(person)anyone who likes children can't be all bad
malosi 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)he has a bad cough
fuertetiene mucha tosa boy with bad acne/a bad stammerun 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)to go bad
- 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 legestá mal de la piernathis is my bad legesta es mi pierna malaI've got a bad toothtengo un diente cariado/una muela cariadahow are you? — not so bad! [colloquial]¿qué tal estás? — aquí ando, tirando [colloquial]to be in a bad way [colloquial]estar fatal [colloquial]
- 7 (sorry) to feel bad about somethingI feel bad about not having written to herme da no sé qué no haberle escritoit's not your fault; there's no need to feel bad about itno 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 uncountableall the bad that he's donetodo el mal que ha hechothere's good and bad in everybodytodos tenemos cosas buenas y malasyou have to learn to take the bad with the goodhay que aprender a aceptar lo bueno y lo maloshe always looks for the bad in any situation
hay que aprender a aceptar las cosas como vienensiempre ve el lado malo de todoto go to the badecharse a perder1.2to the bad (Finance)
perderseen números rojos1.3 (people) the bad (+ plural verb)los malos
- (especially American English) [colloquial]to need something real badnecesitar algo desesperadamenteif you want it bad enoughsi de verdad lo quiereshe's been hurt badle han hecho mucho dañoshe's got it bad for himestá loca por él
se derrite por él [colloquial]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.
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