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BAD (worse, worst)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bad mean? 

BAD (noun)
  The noun BAD has 1 sense:

1. that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

  Familiarity information: BAD used as a noun is very rare.


BAD (adjective)
  The adjective BAD has 14 senses:

1. having undesirable or negative qualities
2. very intense
3. feeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad')
4. (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
5. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
6. not capable of being collected
7. below average in quality or performance
8. nonstandard
9. not financially safe or secure
10. physically unsound or diseased
11. capable of harming
12. characterized by wickedness or immorality
13. reproduced fraudulently
14. not working properly

  Familiarity information: BAD used as an adjective is familiar.


BAD (adverb)
  The adverb BAD has 2 senses:

1. with great intensity ('bad' is a nonstandard variant for 'badly')
2. very much; strongly

  Familiarity information: BAD used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BAD (noun)


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Meaning:

That which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

bad; badness

Context example:

take the bad with the good

Hypernyms ("bad" is a kind of...):

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bad"):

unworthiness (the quality or state of lacking merit or value)

undesirability (the quality possessed by something that should be avoided)

worse (something inferior in quality or condition or effect)

evil (that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune)

unsoundness (not mentally or physically healthy)

liability (the quality of being something that holds you back)

inadvisability (the quality of being ill-advised)

Antonym:

good (that which is pleasing or valuable or useful)


BAD (adjective)


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Meaning:

Having undesirable or negative qualities

Context examples:

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

Similar:

mediocre (poor to middling in quality)

mischievous; naughty (badly behaved)

negative (having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant)

poor (unsatisfactory)

pretty ((used ironically) unexpectedly bad)

no-good; rubber (returned for lack of funds)

severe (very bad in degree or extent)

swingeing (severe; punishingly bad)

uncool ((spoken slang) unfashionable and boring)

unfavorable; unfavourable (not favorable)

unsuitable (not conducive to good moral development)

incompetent; unskilled (not doing a good job)

ill (distressing)

crappy; icky; lousy; rotten; shitty; stinking; stinky (very bad)

abominable; atrocious; awful; dreadful; painful; terrible; unspeakable (exceptionally bad or displeasing)

corked; corky ((of wine) tainted in flavor by a cork containing excess tannin)

deplorable; distressing; lamentable; pitiful; sad; sorry (bad; unfortunate)

fearful; frightful (extremely distressing)

hard; tough (unfortunate or hard to bear)

hopeless ((informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform)

horrid (exceedingly bad)

Also:

disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)

evil (morally bad or wrong)

worst ((superlative of 'bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition)

worse ((comparative of 'bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability)

unfavorable; unfavourable (not encouraging or approving or pleasing)

Attribute:

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

Antonym:

good (having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified)


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Meaning:

Very intense

Synonyms:

bad; big

Context examples:

a bad headache / in a big rage / had a big (or bad) shock / a bad earthquake / a bad storm

Similar:

intense (in an extreme degree)


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Meaning:

Feeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad')

Synonyms:

bad; tough

Context examples:

my throat feels bad / she felt bad all over / he was feeling tough after a restless night

Similar:

uncomfortable (providing or experiencing physical discomfort)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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Meaning:

(of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition

Synonyms:

spoiled; spoilt; bad

Context examples:

bad meat / a refrigerator full of spoilt food

Similar:

stale (showing deterioration from age)


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Meaning:

Feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

Synonyms:

regretful; sorry; bad

Context examples:

felt regretful over his vanished youth / regretful over mistakes she had made / he felt bad about breaking the vase

Also:

penitent; repentant (feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds)


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Meaning:

Not capable of being collected

Synonyms:

uncollectible; bad

Context example:

a bad (or uncollectible) debt

Similar:

invalid (having no cogency or legal force)


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Meaning:

Below average in quality or performance

Context examples:

a bad chess player / a bad recital

Similar:

inferior (of low or inferior quality)


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Meaning:

Nonstandard

Context example:

so-called bad grammar

Similar:

nonstandard (not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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Meaning:

Not financially safe or secure

Synonyms:

speculative; high-risk; risky; bad

Context examples:

a bad investment / high risk investments / anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky / speculative business enterprises

Similar:

unsound (not sound financially)


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Meaning:

Physically unsound or diseased

Synonyms:

unfit; unsound; bad

Context examples:

has a bad back / a bad heart / bad teeth / an unsound limb / unsound teeth

Similar:

unhealthy (not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind)


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Meaning:

Capable of harming

Context examples:

bad habits / bad air / smoking is bad for you

Similar:

harmful (causing or capable of causing harm)


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Meaning:

Characterized by wickedness or immorality

Synonyms:

immoral; bad

Context example:

led a very bad life

Similar:

evil (morally bad or wrong)


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Meaning:

Reproduced fraudulently

Synonyms:

forged; bad

Context examples:

like a bad penny... / a forged twenty dollar bill

Similar:

counterfeit; imitative (not genuine; imitating something superior)


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Meaning:

Not working properly

Synonyms:

defective; bad

Context examples:

a bad telephone connection / a defective appliance

Similar:

malfunctioning; nonfunctional (not performing or able to perform its regular function)


BAD (adverb)


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Meaning:

With great intensity ('bad' is a nonstandard variant for 'badly')

Synonyms:

bad; badly

Context examples:

the injury hurt badly / the buildings were badly shaken / it hurts bad / we need water bad


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Meaning:

Very much; strongly

Synonyms:

bad; badly

Context examples:

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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