What is the meaning of bad?


  • That which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency.
    • usage: "take the bad with the good"


  • Having undesirable or negative qualities.
    • usage: "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
  • Very intense.
    • usage: "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm"
  • Feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'. )
    • usage: "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"
  • Of foodstuffs. ( not in an edible or usable condition)
    • usage: "bad meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food"
  • Feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone.
    • usage: "felt regretful over his vanished youth"; "regretful over mistakes she had made"; "he felt bad about breaking the vase"
  • Not capable of being collected.
    • usage: "a bad (or uncollectible) debt"
  • Below average in quality or performance.
    • usage: "a bad chess player"; "a bad recital"
  • Nonstandard.
    • usage: "so-called bad grammar"
  • Not financially safe or secure.
    • usage: "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises"
  • Physically unsound or diseased.
    • usage: "has a bad back"; "a bad heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth"
  • Capable of harming.
    • usage: "bad air"; "smoking is bad for you"
  • Characterized by wickedness or immorality.
    • usage: "led a very bad life"
  • Reproduced fraudulently.
    • usage: "like a bad penny..."; "a forged twenty dollar bill"
  • Not working properly.
    • usage: "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance"


  • With great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'. )
    • usage: "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad"
  • Very much; strongly.
    • usage: "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"; "the cables had sagged badly"; "they were badly in need of help"; "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"
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APAWordNet. (2010). bad. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/bad/definitions/1168905
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "bad" http://smartdefine.org/bad/definitions/1168905 (accessed April 23, 2019).
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