Translation of bad in Spanish:
adjective comparative worse superlative worst
- 1 1.1 (of poor quality) her handwriting is badhe's a bad liartiene mala letrathat wouldn't be a bad ideano sabe mentir1.2 (unreliable, incompetent) (predicative) to be badno es mala ideano estaría mal
atsomething/ -ingI'm bad at names/remembering datesser malo paraalgo/+ infinitiveto be badsoy malo or no tengo cabeza para los nombres /para recordar fechas about -inghe's bad about returning things he's borrowedto be badle cuesta devolver lo que pide prestado 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 dayto go from bad to worsehe tenido (un) mal díait tastes/smells badir de mal en peor2.2 (unsatisfactory) you've come at a bad momentsabe/huele maltiene mal gusto/olorit's been a bad year for wine/the tourist industryvienes en (un) mal momentothat's not bad at all!ha sido un mal año de vinos/para el turismoit'll look bad if you don't turn up¡no está nada mal!it was bad that nobody visited herqueda mal or feo que no vayas(it's) too bad we don't have a car [colloquial]estuvo muy mal que no fuera nadie a verlatoo bad you didn't think of that earlier! [colloquial]¡qué lástima que no tengamos coche!it's too bad you can't come¡haberlo pensado antes! [colloquial]if she doesn't like it, that's just too bad [colloquial]es una lástima or una pena que no puedas venirI was here first — too bad! [colloquial]si no le gusta, peor para ellayo 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 yousmoking is bad for your healthcomer demasiado es malo or hace malfumar 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 wordbad boy/girl! don't do that!una palabrotauna mala palabra3.2 (evil)¡no hagas eso! ¡malo/mala!(person)anyone who likes children can't be all badsi 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)(headache)he has a bad cougha boy with bad acne/a bad stammertiene mucha tosun 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 badExample 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) See examples: she's got a bad legthis is my bad legestá mal de la piernaI've got a bad toothesta es mi pierna malahow are you? — not so bad! [colloquial]tengo un diente cariado/una muela cariadato be in a bad way [colloquial]¿qué tal estás? — aquí ando, tirando [colloquial]estar fatal [colloquial]
- 7 (sorry) See examples: to feel bad about somethingI feel bad about not having written to herit's not your fault; there's no need to feel bad about itme da no sé qué no haberle escritono 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 donethere's good and bad in everybodytodo el mal que ha hechoyou have to learn to take the bad with the goodtodos tenemos cosas buenas y malasshe always looks for the bad in any situationhay que aprender a aceptar lo bueno y lo malohay que aprender a aceptar las cosas como vienento go to the badsiempre ve el lado malo de todo1.2to the bad (Finance)perderse1.3 (people) See examples: the bad (+ plural verb)en números rojoslos malos
- (especially American English) [colloquial]to need something real badif you want it bad enoughnecesitar algo desesperadamentehe's been hurt badsi de verdad lo quieresshe's got it bad for himle han hecho mucho dañose 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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