1. having undesirable or negative qualities
- a bad report card
- his sloppy appearance made a bad impression
- a bad little boy
Similar word(s): worst, worse, unfavorable, unfavourable, abominable, atrocious, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable, corked, corky, deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry, fearful, frightful, hard, tough, hopeless, horrid, crappy, icky, lousy, rotten, stinking, stinky, ill, incompetent, unskilled, naughty, negative, pretty, rubber, severe, swingeing, uncool, unsuitable, evil, disobedient
2. very intense
- a bad headache
- had a big (or bad) shock
- a bad earthquake
3. feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
- my throat feels bad
- she felt bad all over
4. (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
- bad meat
5. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
- he felt bad about breaking the vase
6. not capable of being collected
- a bad (or uncollectible) debt
7. below average in quality or performance
- a bad chess player
- a bad recital
Similar word(s): inferior
- so-called bad grammar
Similar word(s): nonstandard
9. not financially safe or secure
- a bad investment
10. physically unsound or diseased
- has a bad back
- a bad heart
- bad teeth
11. capable of harming
- bad air
- smoking is bad for you
Similar word(s): harmful
12. characterized by wickedness or immorality
- led a very bad life
Similar word(s): evil
13. reproduced fraudulently
- like a bad penny...
14. not working properly
- a bad telephone connection
Sentences with bad as an adjective:
- You have bad credit.
- Do you think it is a bad idea to confront him directly?
- It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full.
- Lard is bad for you. Smoking is bad for you, too. Grapes are bad for dogs but not for humans.
- Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved.
- Be careful. There are bad people in the world.
- I had a bad headlight.
- These apples have gone bad.
- Bad breath is not pleasant for anyone.
- He is in bad need of a haircut.
- You is [sic] bad, man!
1. with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')
- the injury hurt badly
- the buildings were badly shaken
- it hurts bad
Similar word(s): badly
2. very much; strongly
- I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it
- the cables had sagged badly
- they were badly in need of help
Similar word(s): badly
Sentences with bad as an adverb:
- I didn't do too bad in the last exam.
1. that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
- take the bad with the good
Similar word(s): badness
Sentences with bad as a noun:
- Sorry, my bad!
1. (Britain, dialect, transitive) To shell (a walnut).