Definition of badass in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbadas/
North American informal


1A tough, uncompromising, or intimidating person: one of them is a real badass, the other’s pretty friendly
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  • Together they run through the obligatory tunes about being badasses, living for rock 'n' roll, and, in classic metal ballad form, confessing that even a confirmed rock 'n' roll badass needs a lady by his side.
  • I wonder if he is physically up for playing one of the biggest badasses I've ever encountered in my (decidedly pathetic) comic-reading history?
  • Police need to know we're watching them, that getting personal and acting like unruly badasses helps us do the same and gives all the many good cops a bad name.
1.1A formidably impressive person: she is so wonderful, so sweet, so rad, so amazing; she’s a badass
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  • You feel like so much more of a badass when you can actually do all of the things your character does, rather than have to fake it.
  • He is a certified Ubermensch and an all-round badass.
  • I'm a multitasking badass and you're a disgrace.


1Tough, uncompromising, or intimidating: a badass demeanour
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  • She tries to be tough and wild and badass while reviving the grunge rock of the early 1990s with an angsty feminine twist.
  • He turns stereotypically feminine qualities like compassion and forgiveness into swarthy, macho rebel stances - this is one big, badass Jesus.
  • The first two seasons set up an expectation that you'd be seeing people getting whacked every episode, and a lot of badass mob stuff - the kind of thing certain people can live vicariously through.
1.1Impressive; excellent: this was one badass camera
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  • McGill University, however, has found a way to increase access to its rare books - thanks to a lot of grant money and one badass digital camera.
  • Once they figured that out, they had some pretty badass stuff on their hands - as an excellent story in News reports.
  • We felt all badass till we noticed that the true VIPs were sitting in bleacher seats right behind the stage.
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