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Explanation of bad by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. very much

    2. 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
    3. with great intensity

    4. the injury hurt badly
      the buildings were badly shaken
      it hurts bad
      we need water bad
    1. feeling physical discomfort or pain

    2. my throat feels bad
      she felt bad all over
    3. ( of foodstuffs ) not in an edible or usable condition

    4. bad meat
    5. not working properly

    6. a bad telephone connection
    7. reproduced fraudulently

    8. like a bad penny...
    9. having undesirable or negative qualities

    10. a bad report card; it was a bad light for reading; the movie was a bad choice
      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
    11. characterized by wickedness or immorality

    12. led a very bad life
    13. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

    14. he felt bad about breaking the vase
    15. capable of harming

    16. bad air
      smoking is bad for you
    17. physically unsound or diseased

    18. has a bad back
      a bad heart
      bad teeth
    19. very intense

    20. a bad headache
      had a big ( or bad ) shock
      a bad earthquake
      a bad storm
    21. not financially safe or secure

    22. a bad investment
    23. nonstandard

    24. so-called bad grammar
    25. below average in quality or performance

    26. a bad chess player
      a bad recital
    27. not capable of being collected

    28. a bad ( or uncollectible ) debt
    1. that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

    2. take the bad with the good

    Definition of bad by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Bad ( băd ), imp. of Bid. Bade. [Obs.] Dryden.

    2. Bad ( băd ), a. [Compar. Worse ( wûs ); superl. Worst ( wûst ).] [Probably fr. AS. bæddel hermaphrodite; cf. bædling effeminate fellow.] Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as, “a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad air; bad health; a bad crop; bad news”.

      Sometimes used substantively.

      The strong antipathy of good to bad. Pope.

      Syn. -- Pernicious; deleterious; noxious; baneful; injurious; hurtful; evil; vile; wretched; corrupt; wicked; vicious; imperfect.

    3. Bid ( bĭd ), v. t. [imp. Bade ( băd ), Bid, ( Obs. ) Bad; p. p. Bidden Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.] [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. biðja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. τειθειν to persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS. beódan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bjōða, Goth. biudan ( in comp. ), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G. bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. πυνθάνεσθαι to learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. budēti to be awake, E. bode, v. The word now has the form of OE. bidden to ask, but the meaning of OE. beden to command, except in “to bid beads.” √30.]

      1. To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically : To offer to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at auction ), or to take ( a certain price, as for work to be done under a contract ).

      2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.; as, “to bid one welcome; to bid good morning, farewell, etc.”

      Neither bid him God speed. 2. John 10.

      He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. Granrille.

      3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly obs.] “Our banns thrice bid !” Gay.

      4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

      That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. Pope

      Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. Matt. xiv. 28

      I was bid to pick up shells. D. Jerrold.

      5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

      As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. Matt. xxii. 9

      To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.] -- To bid defiance to , to defy openly; to brave. -- To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair promise; to seem likely.

      Syn. -- To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.