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bad - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'bad' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Bad
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2 . Bad [ imp.]
- Bade.
3 . Bad [ superl.]
- Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad health; bad crop; bad news.

Meaning of 'bad' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . bad [ n]
Meaning (1):
- that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
Example in sentence:
  • take the bad with the good
2 . bad [ a]
Meaning (2):
- having undesirable or negative qualities
Example in sentence:
  • a bad cut;
  • a bad little boy;
  • a bad report card;
  • bad luck;
  • clothes in bad shape;
  • his sloppy appearance made a bad impression;
  • it was a bad light for reading;
  • the movie was a bad choice;
  • the news was very bad;
  • the pay is bad;
  • the reviews were bad
Meaning (3):
- feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
Example in sentence:
  • felt regretful over his vanished youth;
  • he felt bad about breaking the vase;
  • regretful over mistakes she had made
4 . bad [ r]
Meaning (4):
- very much; strongly
Example in sentence:
  • he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it;
  • I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it;
  • the cables had sagged badly;
  • they were badly in need of help
Meaning (5):
- with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')
Example in sentence:
  • it hurts bad;
  • the buildings were badly shaken;
  • the injury hurt badly;
  • we need water bad
6 . bad [ s]
Meaning (6):
- not capable of being collected
Example in sentence:
  • a bad (or uncollectible) debt
Meaning (7):
- below average in quality or performance
Example in sentence:
  • a bad chess player;
  • a bad recital
Meaning (8):
- very intense
Example in sentence:
  • a bad earthquake;
  • a bad headache;
  • a bad storm;
  • a fiery temper;
  • flaming passions;
  • had a big (or bad) shock;
  • in a big rage
Meaning (9):
- physically unsound or diseased
Example in sentence:
  • a bad heart;
  • an unsound limb;
  • bad teeth;
  • has a bad back;
  • unsound teeth
Meaning (10):
- not financially safe or secure
Example in sentence:
  • a bad investment;
  • anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky;
  • high risk investments;
  • speculative business enterprises
Meaning (11):
- not working properly
Example in sentence:
  • a bad telephone connection;
  • a defective appliance
Meaning (12):
- reproduced fraudulently
Example in sentence:
  • a forged twenty dollar bill;
  • like a bad penny...
Meaning (13):
- (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
Example in sentence:
  • a refrigerator full of spoilt food;
  • bad meat
Meaning (14):
- capable of harming
Example in sentence:
  • bad air;
  • smoking is bad for you
Meaning (15):
- feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
Example in sentence:
  • he was feeling tough after a restless night;
  • my throat feels bad;
  • she felt bad all over
Meaning (16):
- characterized by wickedness or immorality
Example in sentence:
  • led a very bad life
Meaning (17):
- nonstandard
Example in sentence:
  • so-called bad grammar