There are 2 translations of malo in English:

malo1

(-la)

adj

The form mal is used before masculine singular nouns. mal2
  • 1[ser] (en calidad) [producto] bad , poor ; [película/novela] bad la tela es de mala calidad the material is poor quality tiene mala ortografía her spelling is bad o poor, she's a bad o poor speller más vale malo conocido que bueno por conocer better the devil you know (than the devil you don't)
  • 3[ser] (desfavorable, adverso) bad ¡qué mala suerte! what bad luck! , how unlucky! la obra tuvo mala crítica the play got bad reviews están en mala situación económica they're going through hard times lo malo es que va a haber mucho tráfico the only thing o trouble o problem is that there'll be a lot of traffic en las malas (AmS) , un amigo no te abandona en las malas a friend doesn't abandon you when things are tough o when times are bad estar de malas (de mal humor) [familiar/colloquial], to be in a bad mood (desafortunado) (esp AmL) to be unlucky por las malas unwillingly vas a tener que hacerlo, ya sea por las buenas o por las malas you'll have to do it whether you like it or not
  • 4[ser] (inconveniente, perjudicial) [hábitos/lecturas] bad las malas compañías bad company llegas en mal momento you've come at an awkward o a bad moment es malo tomar tanto sol it's not good to sunbathe so much
  • 5[ser] (sin gracia) [chiste] bad
  • 7[estar] (en mal estado) [alimento] ese pescado/queso está malo that fish/cheese has gone bad, that fish/cheese is off (BrE)
  • 8 8.1 (desmejorado, no saludable) tienes mal aspecto you don't look very well tienes mala cara you don't look well yo le veo muy mal color he looks terribly pale to me 8.2[ser] (serio, grave) serious fue una mala caída it was a bad fall no tiene nada malo it's nothing serious 8.3[estar] (Esp, Méx) [familiar/colloquial] (enfermo) sick (AmE) ill (BrE) el pobre está malito the poor thing's not very well [colloquial/familiar] 8.4[estar] (Esp) [fam & euf] [mujer] estoy mala I've got my period, it's the time of the month [colloq & euph] me he puesto mala my period's started
  • 9[ser] (difícil) malo de + inf difficult to + inf esta tela es mala de planchar this material is difficult to iron es muy malo de convencer he's very difficult o hard to persuade, it's very difficult o hard to persuade him
  • 10[ser] (en sentido ético) [persona] ¡qué malo eres con tu hermano! you're really horrible o nasty to your brother no seas mala, préstamelo don't be mean o rotten, lend it to me [colloquial/familiar] una mala mujer a loose woman es una mujer muy mala she's a wicked o an evil woman a la mala (Chi) [familiar/colloquial], se lo quitaron a la mala they did him out of it [colloquial/familiar] pasó la cámara a la mala she sneaked the camera through [colloquial/familiar] un ataque a la mala a sneak attack

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There are 2 translations of malo in English:

malo2

(-la)

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