HyperDic: bad

English > 17 senses of the word bad:
ADJECTIVEallbadhaving undesirable or negative qualities
allbad, bigvery intense
allbad, toughfeeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad')
allbad, spoiled, spoilt(of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
allbad, regretful, sorryfeeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
allbad, uncollectiblenot capable of being collected
allbadbelow average in quality or performance
allbadnonstandard
allbad, risky, high-risk, speculativenot financially safe or secure
allbad, unfit, unsoundphysically unsound or diseased
allbadcapable of harming
allbadcharacterized by wickedness or immorality
allbad, forgedreproduced fraudulently
allbad, defectivenot working properly
ADVERBallbad, badlywith great intensity ('bad' is a nonstandard variant for 'badly')
allbad, badlyvery much
NOUNattributebad, badnessthat which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
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English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 1
MeaningHaving undesirable or negative qualities.
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"
Attribute ofqualityAn essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
Narroweratrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableexceptionally bad or displeasing
corked, corky(of wine) tainted in flavor by a cork containing excess tannin
deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorrybad
fearful, frightfulExtremely distressing
hard, toughunfortunate / unfortunate or hard to bear
hopeless(informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform
horridExceedingly bad
icky, crappy, lousy, rotten, shitty, stinking, stinkyVery bad
illdistressing
incompetent, unskillednot doing a good job
mediocrePoor to middling in quality
naughtyBadly behaved
negativeHaving the quality of something harmful or unpleasant
pretty(used ironically) unexpectedly bad
rubber, no-goodReturned for lack of funds
severeVery bad in degree or extent
swingeingsevere
uncool(spoken slang) unfashionable and boring
unsuitablenot conducive to good moral development
See alsodisobedientnot obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
evilmorally bad or wrong
unfavorable, unfavourablenot encouraging or approving or pleasing
worse(comparative of 'bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability
worst(superlative of 'bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition
OppositegoodHaving desirable / desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
Spanishmal, malo
Catalandolent, mal
Nounsbadnessthat which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
Adverbsbadlyunfavorably or with disapproval
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 2
MeaningVery intense.
Examples
  • "a bad headache"
  • "had a big (or bad) shock"
  • "a bad earthquake"
  • "a bad storm"
Synonymbig
BroaderintensePossessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
Spanishfuerte, gran, grande, terrible
Catalanfort, gran, terrible
Nounsbadness, severenessused of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
Adverbsbadlywith great intensity ('bad' is a nonstandard variant for 'badly')
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 3
MeaningFeeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad').
Examples
  • "my throat feels bad"
  • "she felt bad all over"
Synonymtough
BroaderuncomfortableProviding or experiencing physical discomfort
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Spanishmal
Nounsbadnessused of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 4
Meaning(of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition.
Example"bad meat"
Synonymsspoiled, spoilt
BroaderstaleLacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
Spanishmal, malo
Catalandolent, mal
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 5
MeaningFeeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone.
Example "he felt bad about breaking the vase"
Synonymsregretful, sorry
See alsopenitent, repentantFeeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
Oppositeunregretful, unregrettingFeeling no regret
Catalanapesarat, pesarós
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 6
Meaningnot capable of being collected.
Example"a bad (or uncollectible) debt"
Synonymuncollectible
BroaderinvalidHaving no cogency or legal force
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 7
MeaningBelow average in quality or performance.
Examples
  • "a bad chess player"
  • "a bad recital"
BroaderinferiorOf low or inferior quality
Spanishmal, malo
Catalandolent, mal
Nounsbadnessthat which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 8
Meaningnonstandard.
Example"so-called bad grammar"
CategorylinguisticsThe scientific study of language
Broadernonstandardnot conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Spanishchungo
Catalanxungo
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 9
Meaningnot financially safe or secure.
Example"a bad investment"
Synonymsrisky, high-risk, speculative
Broaderunsoundnot sound financially
Spanisharriesgado, inseguro, mal, malo
Catalanarriscat, dolent, insegur, mal
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 10
Meaningphysically unsound or diseased.
Examples
  • "has a bad back"
  • "a bad heart"
  • "bad teeth"
Synonymsunfit, unsound
Broaderunhealthynot in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
Spanishmal, malo
Catalandolent, mal
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 11
Meaningcapable of harming.
Examples
  • "bad air"
  • "smoking is bad for you"
BroaderharmfulCausing or capable of causing harm
Spanishmal, malo, malvado, perjudicial
Catalandolent, mal, malvat, perjudicial
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 12
MeaningCharacterized by wickedness or immorality.
Example"led a very bad life"
Broaderevilmorally bad or wrong
Spanishmal, malo
Catalandolent, immoral, mal
Nounsbadnessthat which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
Adverbsbadlyevilly or wickedly
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 13
MeaningReproduced fraudulently.
Example"like a bad penny..."
Synonymforged
Broadercounterfeit, imitativenot genuine
Spanishfalsificado, falso, forjado
Catalanfals, falsificat
English > bad: 17 senses > adjective 14
Meaningnot working properly.
Example"a bad telephone connection"
Synonymdefective
Broadermalfunctioning, nonfunctionalnot performing or able to perform its regular function
Spanishmal, malo
Catalandolent, mal
English > bad: 17 senses > noun 1, attribute
MeaningThat which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency.
Example"take the bad with the good"
Synonymbadness
NarrowerevilThat which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
inadvisabilityThe quality of being ill-advised
liabilityThe quality of being something that holds you back
undesirabilityThe quality possessed by something that should be avoided
unsoundnessnot mentally or physically healthy
unworthinessThe quality or state of lacking merit or value
worseSomething inferior / inferior in quality or condition or effect
BroaderqualityAn essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
Oppositegood, goodnessThat which is pleasing or valuable or useful / useful
Spanishmaldad
Catalanbua, maldat
English > bad: 17 senses > adverb 1
MeaningWith great intensity ('bad' is a nonstandard variant for 'badly').
Examples
  • "the injury hurt badly"
  • "the buildings were badly shaken"
  • "it hurts bad"
  • "we need water bad"
Synonymbadly
Spanishgrandemente, malamente, mal
Catalanmal
English > bad: 17 senses > adverb 2
Meaningvery much; strongly.
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"
Synonymbadly

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