There are 3 translations of bad in Spanish:

bad1

Pronunciation: /bæd/

adj (comp worse superl, worst)

The usual translation of bad, malo, becomes mal when it is used before a masculine singular noun.

  • 1 1.1 (of poor quality) malo bad example mal ejemplo (m) her handwriting is bad tiene mala letra he's a bad liar no sabe mentir that wouldn't be a bad idea no es mala idea, no estaría mal 1.2 (unreliable, incompetent) (pred) to be bad at sth/-ing ser* malo para algo/+ inf I'm bad at names/remembering dates soy malo or no tengo cabeza para los nombres /para recordar fechasto be bad about -ing he's bad about returning things he's borrowed le cuesta devolver lo que pide prestadoto be bad on sth I'm bad on punctuation la puntuación no es mi fuerte
  • 2 2.1 (unpleasant) [weather/experience/news] malo I've had a bad day he tenido (un) mal día to go from bad to worse ir* de mal en peor it tastes/smells bad sabe/huele mal, tiene mal gusto/olor 2.2 (unsatisfactory) malo you've come at a bad moment vienes en (un) mal momento it's been a bad year for wine/the tourist industry ha sido un mal año de vinos/para el turismo that's not bad at all! ¡no está nada mal! it'll look bad if you don't turn up queda mal or feo que no vayas it was bad that nobody visited her estuvo muy mal que no fuera nadie a verla (it's) too bad we don't have a car [colloquial/familiar] ¡qué lástima que no tengamos coche! too bad you didn't think of that earlier! [colloquial/familiar] ¡haberlo pensado antes! [familiar/colloquial] it's too bad you can't come es una lástima or una pena que no puedas venir if she doesn't like it, that's just too bad [colloquial/familiar] si no le gusta, peor para ella I was here first — too bad! [colloquial/familiar] yo llegué antes — ¡pues mala suerte! 2.3 (harmful) maloto be bad for sb/sth too much food is bad for you comer demasiado es malo or hace mal smoking is bad for your health fumar es malo or perjudicial para la salud
  • 3 3.1 (impolite) [behavior/manners] malo a bad word una palabrota, una mala palabra bad boy/girl! don't do that! ¡no hagas eso! ¡malo/mala! 3.2 (evil) [person] malo anyone who likes children can't be all bad si le gustan los niños no puede ser tan malo
  • 4 (severe) [mistake/injury] grave; [headache] fuerte he has a bad cough tiene mucha tos a boy with bad acne/a bad stammer un chico con mucho acné/que tartamudea mucho
  • 6 (afflicted) she's got a bad leg está mal de la pierna this is my bad leg esta es mi pierna mala I've got a bad tooth tengo un diente cariado/una muela cariada how are you? — not so bad! [colloquial/familiar] ¿qué tal estás? — aquí ando, tirando [familiar/colloquial] to be in a bad way [colloquial/familiar] estar* fatal [familiar/colloquial], estar* mal
  • 7 (sorry) to feel bad about sth I feel bad about not having written to her me da no sé qué no haberle escrito it's not your fault; there's no need to feel bad about it no es culpa tuya, no tienes por qué preocuparte

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  • 1.1 u all the bad that he's done todo el mal que ha hecho there's good and bad in everybody todos tenemos cosas buenas y malas you have to learn to take the bad with the good hay que aprender a aceptar lo bueno y lo malo, hay que aprender a aceptar las cosas como vienen she always looks for the bad in any situation siempre ve el lado malo de todo to go to the bad echarse a perder, perderse* 1.2to the bad [Fin] en números rojos 1.3 (people) the bad (+ pl vb) los malos

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  • (esp AmE) [colloquial/familiar] to need sth real bad necesitar algo desesperadamente if you want it bad enough si de verdad lo quieres he's been hurt bad le han hecho mucho daño she's got it bad for him está loca por él, se derrite por él [familiar/colloquial]

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