• Unhealthy.

    "Lard is bad for you. Smoking is bad for you, too. Grapes are bad for dogs but not for humans."

  • Faulty; not functional.

    "I had a bad headlight."

  • (informal) Bold and daring.
  • Seemingly non-appropriate, in manners, etc.

    "It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full."

  • Evil; wicked.

    "Be careful. There are bad people in the world."

  • (of breath) Malodorous, foul.

    "Bad breath is not pleasant for anyone."

  • (slang) Fantastic.

    "You is [sic] bad, man!"

  • Not suitable or fitting.

    "Do you think it is a bad idea to confront him directly?"

  • Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.

    "Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved."

  • (of food) Spoiled, rotten, overripe.

    "These apples have gone bad."

  • (of a need or want) Severe, urgent.

    "He is in bad need of a haircut."

  • Not good; unfavorable; negative.

    "You have bad credit."


  • (now colloquial) Badly.

    "I didn't do too bad in the last exam."


  • (slang) error, mistake

    "Sorry, my bad!"

  • (countable, uncountable, economics) An item (or kind of item) of merchandise with negative value; an unwanted good.


  • (archaic) Alternative past tense of bid. See bade.
  • (Britain, dialect, transitive) To shell (a walnut).

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