WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
bad1 /bæd/USA pronunciation
adj., worse/wɝs/USA pronunciationworst/wɝst/USA pronunciation;
(Slang )bad•der,bad•destfor 16;
not good in any manner or degree:bad traffic.
wicked or evil in character:the bad witch.
of low or inferior quality; deficient:bad roads.
disobedient or naughty:She was a very bad girl today.
inaccurate; incorrect: a bad guess.
causing injury or harm: Sugar is bad for the teeth.
suffering from sickness, pain, or injury:He was so bad yesterday that he stayed in bed.
diseased, decayed, or weakened: a bad heart .
spoiled or rotten:The milk has gone bad.
disagreeable; unpleasant: bad dreams.
intense: a bad flood.
regretful, sorry, sad, or upset: He felt bad about leaving.
showing or having a lack of skill or ability:What a bad actor! [ be + ~ + at]:I was really bad at drawing.
unfortunate or unfavorable: bad news.
[before a noun] (of a debt) unlikely to be paid and so treated as a loss:bad loans.
Slang TermsSlang. outstandingly good; first-rate: He is one bad drummer.
something that is bad:to take the bad with the good.
[Informal.]badly: She wanted it bad enough to steal it.
You can use the adjective bad, meaning "unpleasant, unattractive, unfavorable, spoiled, etc.,'' after such verbs as sound, smell, look, and taste: The music sounds bad.The locker room smells bad. You look pretty bad;
Idiomsbadly or bad off, poor;
destitute:They were badly off during the Depression.
Idioms in a bad way, in severe trouble or distress:She's in a bad way now.
Idiomsnot (half, so, or too) bad, somewhat good;tolerable:not half bad for a first effort.
- (used to express regret or disappointment):You didn't pass? Oh, that's too bad.
- (used to express impatience or lack of concern ):You don't like it here? Too bad.
are you sick? After the rainstorm the water tasted bad. After the verb feel, you can also use the adjective badly when describing physical or emotional states: She was feeling badly that day. That use is considered standard, although bad is more common in formal writing. bad as an adverb appears mainly in informal situations: He wanted it pretty bad . See also badly, good.
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bad /bæd/ adj (worse, worst)
- not good; of poor quality; inadequate; inferior
- (often followed by at) lacking skill or talent; incompetent: a bad painter, bad at sports
- (often followed by for) harmful
- immoral; evil
- naughty; mischievous; disobedient
- rotten; decayed; spoiled: a bad egg
- severe; intense: a bad headache
- incorrect; wrong; faulty: bad pronunciation
- ill or in pain (esp in the phrase feel bad)
- regretful, sorry, or upset (esp in the phrase feel bad about)
- unfavourable; distressing: bad news, a bad business
- offensive; unpleasant; disagreeable: bad language, bad temper
- not valid or sound; void: a bad cheque
- not recoverable: a bad debt
- (badder, baddest) slang good; excellent
- go from bad to worse ⇒ to deteriorate even more
- go bad ⇒ to putrefy; spoil
- in a bad way ⇒ informal seriously ill, through sickness or injury
- in trouble of any kind
- make the best of a bad job ⇒ to manage as well as possible in unfavourable circumstances
- not bad, not so bad ⇒ informal passable; fair; fairly good
- too bad ⇒ informal (often used dismissively) regrettable
- unfortunate or unpleasant events collectively (often in the phrase take the bad with the good)
- an immoral or degenerate state (often in the phrase go to the bad)
- the debit side of an account: £200 to the bad
Etymology: 13th Century: probably from bæd-, as the first element of Old English bǣddel hermaphrodite, bǣdling sodomiteˈbaddish adj ˈbadness n
- not standard badly: to want something bad
bad /bæd/ vb
- a variant of bade
bade /bæd; beɪd/, bad vb
- past tense of bid
bid /bɪd/ vb (bids, bidding, bad, bade, (esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7) bid, bidden, (esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7) bid)
- often followed by for or against: to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction
- to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase
- (transitive) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc): to bid farewell
- to order; command: do as you are bid!
- (intransitive) usually followed by for: to attempt to attain power, etc
- to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make
- bid defiance ⇒ to resist boldly
- bid fair ⇒ to seem probable
See also bid upEtymology: Old English biddan; related to German bittenˈbidder n
- an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
- the price offered
- a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
- the price or other terms so stated
- an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
- the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
- a player's turn to make a bid
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