adjective, worse, worst; (Slang) bad·der, bad·dest for 36.
- vulgar, obscene, or blasphemous: bad language.
- not properly observing rules or customs of grammar, usage, spelling, etc.; incorrect: He speaks bad English.
Idioms for bad
- in trouble or distress.
- in disfavor: He's in bad with his father-in-law.
- tolerably good; not without merit: The dinner wasn't bad, but I've had better.
- not difficult: Once you know geometry, trigonometry isn't bad.
Origin of bad1
synonym study for bad
usage note for bad
When the adverbial use is required, badly is standard with all verbs: She reacted badly to the criticism. Bad as an adverb appears mainly in informal contexts: I didn't do too bad on the tests. He wants money so bad it hurts. See also badly, good.
OTHER WORDS FROM badbad·ness, noun
Words nearby bad
Definition for bad (2 of 4)
Definition for bad (3 of 4)
verb (used with object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bid·den or bid for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bid·ding.
verb (used without object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 6 or bid for 7; bid·den or bid for 6 or bid for 7; bid·ding.
- an offer to make a specified number of points or to take a specified number of tricks.
- the amount of such an offer.
- the turn of a person to bid.
Verb Phrases past and past participle bid, present participle bid·ding.
Origin of bid1
OTHER WORDS FROM bidbid·der, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bidbidder bitter
Definition for bad (4 of 4)
Example sentences from the Web for bad
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.
They all immediately dashed out to their car to catch the bad guys.
Ass-kicking, bad guy-killing Carter is just a future spinster.
Terrorism is bad news anywhere, but especially rough on Odessa, where the city motto seems to be “make love, not war.”
We, on the other hand, are the ones who are making it bad, and the ones with the power to change that.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism |Arthur Chu |January 3, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
Some numbers have a bad influence for him, and there are good numbers.
Altogether, it was a nice scrambling, homelike expedition, if I had not come back with such a bad headache.Up the Country |Emily Eden
How are we to know what is right and wrong, and what are our motives for approving and disapproving the good and the bad?The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I. |Sir Leslie Stephen
It looks to me as though Pretty Sweet was in a bad hole, and no mistake.The Girls of Central High Aiding the Red Cross |Gertrude W. Morrison
Shure, they were bad enough to say he was puttin' the money in his own pocket, and dem goin' to their juty every month.My New Curate |P.A. Sheehan
British Dictionary definitions for bad (1 of 3)
adjective worse or worst
- seriously ill, through sickness or injury
- in trouble of any kind
Derived forms of badbaddish, adjective badness, noun
Word Origin for bad
British Dictionary definitions for bad (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for bad (3 of 3)
verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid
- an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
- the price offered
- a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
- the price or other terms so stated
- the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
- a player's turn to make a bid
Derived forms of bidbidder, noun
Word Origin for bid
Idioms and Phrases with bad
In addition to the idioms beginning with bad
- bad blood
- bad egg
- bad hair day
- bad luck
- badly off
- bad mouth
- bad name
- bad news
- bad off
- bad sort, a
- bad taste
- bad time
- bad trip
- come to an end (bad end)
- feel bad
- from bad to worse
- get off on the wrong foot (to a bad start)
- give a bad name
- give bad marks to
- go bad
- in a bad mood
- in a bad way
- in bad faith
- in bad with someone
- in someone's bad graces
- leave a bad taste in one's mouth
- make the best of (a bad bargain)
- not a bad sort
- not bad
- poor (bad) taste
- run of (bad) luck
- too bad
- turn up (like a bad penny)
- with bad grace