1. [ adjective ] having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Related terms: good atrocious fine icky deplorable mischievous negative ill fearful horrid poor hard hopeless unsatisfactory unfavorable corked unsuitable rubber severe swingeing uncool incompetent mediocre worse evil worst disobedient unfavorable quality
2. [ adjective ] very intense
Synonyms: big

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

Related terms: intense
3. [ adjective ] feeling physical discomfort or pain
Synonyms: tough

"my throat feels bad" "she felt bad all over" ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad' as in "he was feeling tough after a restless night")

Related terms: colloquialism uncomfortable
4. [ noun ] that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
Synonyms: badness

: "take the bad with the good"

Related terms: good good quality evil worse liability inadvisability undesirability unworthiness
5. [ adverb ] very much; strongly
Synonyms: badly

"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"

6. [ adjective ] (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
Synonyms: spoilt spoiled

"bad meat" "a refrigerator full of spoilt food"

Related terms: stale
7. [ adverb ] with great intensity
Synonyms: badly

"the injury hurt badly" "the buildings were badly shaken" (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly' as in "it hurts bad" or "we need water bad")

8. [ adjective ] capable of harming

"bad habits" "bad air" "smoking is bad for you"

Related terms: harmful
9. [ adjective ] keenly sorry or regretful
Synonyms: sorry

"felt bad about letting the team down" "was sorry that she had treated him so badly" "felt bad about breaking the vase"

Related terms: unhappy
10. [ adjective ] physically unsound or diseased
Synonyms: unsound unfit

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

Related terms: unhealthy
11. [ adjective ] reproduced fraudulently
Synonyms: forged

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

Related terms: counterfeit
12. [ adjective ] (linguistics; informal) "so-called bad grammar"
Related terms: linguistics colloquialism nonstandard
13. [ adjective ] not financially safe or secure
Synonyms: speculative risky high-risk insecure

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

Related terms: unsound
14. [ adjective ] not capable of being collected
Synonyms: uncollectible

"a bad (or uncollectible) debt"

Related terms: invalid
15. [ adjective ] below average in quality or performance

"a bad chess player" "a bad recital"

Related terms: inferior
16. [ adjective ] characterized by wickedness or immorality
Synonyms: immoral

"led a very bad life"

Related terms: evil
17. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 17894
18. [ adjective ] not working properly
Synonyms: defective

"a bad telephone connection" "a defective appliance"

Related terms: malfunctioning
Similar spelling:   bawd