Definition of bad in English:
adjective (worse /wəːs/, worst /wəːst/)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Middle English: perhaps from Old English bǣddel 'hermaphrodite, womanish man'.
Homophobia may lie at the root of the meaning of bad. The word appeared in the 13th century, and at that time had two syllables, like baddy. This suggests that it may be a shortening of Old English bæddel ‘effeminate man, hermaphrodite’. Bad was specifically applied to coins with a reduced content of precious metal. This gives us the bad penny, which ‘always turns up’. Debased coinage also features in the proverb bad money drives out good, also known as Gresham's law, after Queen Elizabeth I's chief financial adviser Sir Thomas Gresham ( 1519–79). He observed that people tended to hang on to coins of a high intrinsic value, like gold sovereigns, while being happier to spend those of a lower intrinsic worth but equal face value. At the end of the 19th century bad underwent a complete reversal of meaning in US black slang, and in the 1920s jazz enthusiasts began to use it as a term of approval—something ‘bad’ was now ‘good’. Compare with the development of funk, wicked
a bad penny always turns up
- see penny.
a bad workman always blames his tools
- see workman.
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 or in trouble.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.
- North American informal Used to acknowledge responsibility for a mistake: Sorry I lost your CD. 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
- 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.
- 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 is 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.
- Example sentences
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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.
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