Pronunciation: (bad), [key]
— adj., n., adv. worse, worst bad•der, bad•dest
- not good in any manner or degree.
- having a wicked or evil character; morally reprehensible: There is no such thing as a bad boy.
- of poor or inferior quality; defective; deficient: a bad diamond; a bad spark plug.
- inadequate or below standard; not satisfactory for use: bad heating; Living conditions in some areas are very bad.
- inaccurate, incorrect, or faulty: a bad guess.
- invalid, unsound, or false: a bad insurance claim; bad judgment.
- causing or liable to cause sickness or ill health; injurious or harmful: Too much sugar is bad for your teeth.
- suffering from sickness, ill health, pain, or injury; sick; ill: He felt bad from eating the green apples.
- not healthy or in good physical condition; diseased, decayed, or physically weakened: A bad heart kept him out of the army.
- tainted, spoiled, or rotten, esp. to the point of being inedible: The meat is bad because you left it out of the refrigerator too long.
- having a disastrous or detrimental effect, result, or tendency; unfavorable: The drought is bad for the farmers. His sloppy appearance made a bad impression.
- causing or characterized by discomfort, inconvenience, uneasiness, or annoyance; disagreeable; unpleasant: I had a bad flight to Chicago.
- easily provoked to anger; irascible: a bad temper.
- cross, irritable, or surly: If I don't have my morning coffee, I'm in a bad mood all day.
- more uncomfortable, persistent, painful, or dangerous than usual; severe: a bad attack of asthma.
- causing or resulting in disaster or severe damage or destruction: a bad flood.
- regretful, contrite, dejected, or upset: He felt bad about having to leave the children all alone.
- disobedient, naughty, or misbehaving: If you're bad at school, you'll go to bed without supper.
- disreputable or dishonorable: He's getting a bad name from changing jobs so often.
- displaying a lack of skill, talent, proficiency, or judgment: a bad painting; Bad drivers cause most of the accidents.
- causing distress; unfortunate or unfavorable: I'm afraid I have bad news for you.
- not suitable or appropriate; disadvantageous or dangerous: It was a bad day for fishing.
- inclement; considered too stormy, hot, cold, etc.: We had a bad winter with a lot of snow.
- disagreeable or offensive to the senses: a bad odor.
- exhibiting a lack of artistic sensitivity: The room was decorated in bad taste.
- not in keeping with a standard of behavior or conduct; coarse: bad manners.
- (of a word, speech, or writing) bad language.
- vulgar, obscene, or blasphemous:bad language.
- not properly observing rules or customs of grammar, usage, spelling, etc.; incorrect:He speaks bad English.
- unattractive, esp. because of a lack of pleasing proportions: She has a bad figure.
- (of the complexion) marred by defects; pockmarked or pimply; blemished: bad skin.
- not profitable or worth the price paid: The land was a bad buy.
- deemed uncollectible or irrecoverable and treated as a loss: a bad debt.
- ill-spent; wasted: Don't throw good money after bad money.
- counterfeit; not genuine: There was a bad ten-dollar bill in with the change.
- having the character of a villain; villainous: In the movies the good guys always beat the bad guys.
- failing to land within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court; missing the mark; not well aimed.
- outstandingly excellent; first-rate: He's a bad man on drums, and the fans love him.
- in a bad way, in severe trouble or distress.
- The dinner wasn't bad, but I've had better.
- 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.Also,not so bad,not too bad.
- unfortunate or disappointing: It's too bad that he didn't go to college.
- that which is bad: You have to take the bad with the good.
- a bad condition, character, or quality: His health seemed to go from bad to worse.
- evil persons collectively (usually prec. by the): The bad are always stirring up trouble.
- to deteriorate physically or morally; go to ruin: She wept at seeing her son go to the bad.
- He's in bad with his father-in-law.
- in trouble or distress.
- in disfavor:He's in bad with his father-in-law.
- in arrears: He's $100 to the bad on his debt.
Pronunciation: (bad), [key]
— v. Archaic.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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