badbad1 /bæd/ ●●●S1W1 adjective (comparative worse /wɜːs $ wɜːrs/, superlative worst /wɜːst $ wɜːrst/)1not goodHARMFULUNPLEASANTunpleasant or likely to cause problemsOPP goodI have some bad news for you.I thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse.The plane was delayed for several hours by bad weather.It’s difficult to break bad habits.a bad smell2low qualityLOW QUALITYBAD low in quality or below an acceptablestandardOPP goodThe failure of the company was due to bad management.Your handwriting is so bad I can hardly read it.That was the worst movie I’ve ever seen.3not sensible [usually before noun] not sensible, or not suitable in a particular situationOPP goodCutting spending at this time is a bad idea.Making big changes in your diet all at once is a bad thing to do.4morally wrongWRONGBAD PERSON morally wrong or evilOPP goodHe’s a bad man – keep away from him. →bad guy5wrong behaviourBAD PERSON spoken doing something you should not do, or behaving in a wrong way – used especially about children or petsSYN naughtyKatie was very bad today!bad girl/dog etcBad cat! Get off the table!6seriousSERIOUSSERIOUS SITUATIONserious or severeHe was in a bad accident.The pain in my side is worse than it was yesterday.7 →a bad time/moment etc8harmfulHARM/BE BAD FORdamaging or harmfulPollution is having a bad effect on fish stocks.bad forSmoking is bad for your health.Too much salt can be bad for you.It is bad for kids to be on their own so much.9foodFOODDFDECAY food that is bad is not safe to eat because it has decayedbad fishThis milk has gone bad.10no skillBAD AT having no skill or ability in a particular activitybad at (doing) somethingI’m really bad at chess.They have got to be the worst band on the planet.11 →bad heart/leg/back etc12languageSWEARINGSWEAR bad language is rude or offensiveWe were shocked to hear the little boy using bad language in front of his mother.Jacky said a bad word!13 →be in a bad mood14 →feel bad15 →not bad16 →not too/so bad17 →too bad18 →go from bad to worse19 →be in a bad way20 →a bad name21 →bad lot/sort/type22 →bad penny23 →be taken bad24 →in bad faith25 →bad news26 →bad form27 →bad blood28 →not have a bad word to say about/against somebody29 →it’s bad enough ...30 →something can’t be bad31 (comparative badder, superlative baddest) spoken informal especially American Englisha)used when you think something is very goodNow that’s a bad car!b)someone who is bad is very determined and does not always obey rules – used to show approval —badness noun [uncountable]THESAURUSbad not gooda bad ideaHis behaviour is getting worse.poor not as good as it could be or should beA poor diet can lead to ill health.his poor performance at schoolnot very good not good – often used instead of saying directly that something was ‘bad’, especially when you were disappointed by itThe film wasn’t very good.disappointing not as good as you hoped or expectedHer exam results were disappointing.a disappointing start to the campaignnegative bad – used when talking about the bad result or effect of somethingAll the publicity had a negative impact on sales.the negative effects of climate changeundesirable formal bad and not wantedThe policy had some undesirable consequences.drug abuse and other undesirable behaviourunfavourable formalunfavourable conditions are not good for doing somethingThe boat race was cancelled because of unfavourable weather.very badawful/terrible/dreadful especially British English very badThe movie was awful.Her house is in a terrible state.a dreadful crimehorrible very bad, especially in a way that shocks or upsets youHe describes prison as ‘a horrible place’.It was a horrible experience.disgusting smelling or tasting very badThe food was disgusting.The fish smelled disgusting.lousy /ˈlaʊzi/ informal very bad or disappointingThe weather has been lousy all week.I’m fed up with this lousy job.ghastly /ˈɡɑːstli $ ˈɡæstli/ British English informal very badI’ve had a ghastly day. a ghastly mistake severe severe problems, injuries, illnesses etc are very bad and seriousThe country faces severe economic problems.severe delaysHe suffered severe head injuries in a car crash.atrocious/appalling/horrendous extremely bad in a way that is shockingHer behaviour has been absolutely atrocious.The country has an appalling human rights record.abysmal /əˈbɪzməl/ very bad and of a very low standardThe team’s performance was abysmal.the abysmal conditions in some prisons
bad• More of the bad of Washington sticks to you than the good.badbad3 adverb spokena word used to mean ‘badly’ that many people think is incorrectI need that money bad.
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bad• He needed a drink prettybad.• The front of the shop had been blown away, and the roof was badly damaged.• Two of the passengers were killed, and the driver was badly injured.• Like I hate it and I do bad at it.• How bad do you want it?From King Business Dictionarybadbad1 /bæd/ adjectivebad debt/loan/investment/stock/assetFINANCEBANKING a bad debt, loan, investment etc is one from which you will not be able to get your money backBarclays have sharply increased their provision for bad corporate debts.The bank has more than a half billion dollars of bad assets.badbad2 nounto the bad if you are a particular amount of money to the bad, you have lost or owe that amountThanks to your mistake, I’m £500 to the bad!Originbad1(1200-1300) Perhaps from Old Englishbæddel“male homosexual”