Synonyms of bad in English:



  • 1 bad workmanship
    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
    informal crummy, rotten, godawful, pathetic, useless, woeful, bum, lousy, not up to snuff
    [Antonyms] good excellent skilled
  • 2 the alcohol had a really bad effect on me
    [Antonyms] good beneficial
  • 3 the bad guys
    wicked, evil, sinful, immoral, morally wrong, corrupt, base, black-hearted, reprobate, amoral; criminal, villainous, nefarious, iniquitous, dishonest, dishonorable, unscrupulous, unprincipled
    informal crooked, dirty
    dated dastardly
    [Antonyms] virtuous
  • 4 you bad girl!
    badly behaved, naughty, ill-behaved, disobedient, wayward, willful, self-willed, defiant, unruly, insubordinate, undisciplined
    [Antonyms] well behaved
  • 5 bad news
    unpleasant, disagreeable, unwelcome; unfortunate, unlucky, unfavorable; terrible, dreadful, awful, grim, distressing
    [Antonyms] good
  • 6 a bad time to arrive
    inauspicious, unfavorable, inopportune, unpropitious, unfortunate, disadvantageous, adverse, inappropriate, unsuitable, untoward
    [Antonyms] good auspicious
  • 7 a bad accident
    severe, serious, grave, critical, acute
    formal grievous
    [Antonyms] minor slight
  • 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
    [Antonyms] fresh
  • 9 if you still feel bad, stay in bed See ill (sense 1) of the adjective)
  • 10 a bad knee
    injured, wounded, diseased
    dated game
  • 11 I felt bad about leaving them
    [Antonyms] unrepentant
  • 12 a bad check
    invalid, worthless; counterfeit, fake, false, bogus, fraudulent
    informal phony, dud
    [Antonyms] valid
  • 13 bad language
  • Usage


    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.’


    not bad

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

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    Word of the day ween
    Pronunciation: wēn
    be of the opinion; think or suppose