bad

Definitions

  • "Out of bad comes good."
    "Out of bad comes good."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bad feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad') "my throat feels bad","she felt bad all over","he was feeling tough after a restless night"
    • adj bad (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition "bad meat","a refrigerator full of spoilt food"
    • adj bad not working properly "a bad telephone connection","a defective appliance"
    • adj bad reproduced fraudulently "like a bad penny...","a forged twenty dollar bill"
    • adj bad having undesirable or negative qualities "a bad report card","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","it was a bad light for reading","the movie was a bad choice"
    • adj bad characterized by wickedness or immorality "led a very bad life"
    • adj bad feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone "felt regretful over his vanished youth","regretful over mistakes she had made","he felt bad about breaking the vase"
    • adj bad capable of harming "bad air","smoking is bad for you"
    • adj bad physically unsound or diseased "has a bad back","a bad heart","bad teeth","an unsound limb","unsound teeth"
    • adj bad very intense "a bad headache","in a big rage","had a big (or bad) shock","a bad earthquake","a bad storm"
    • adj bad not financially safe or secure "a bad investment","high risk investments","anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky","speculative business enterprises"
    • adj bad nonstandard "so-called bad grammar"
    • adj bad below average in quality or performance "a bad chess player","a bad recital"
    • adj bad not capable of being collected "a bad (or uncollectible) debt"
    • adv bad very much; strongly "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"
    • adv bad with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly') "the injury hurt badly","the buildings were badly shaken","it hurts bad","we need water bad"
    • n bad that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency "take the bad with the good"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bad. Dakota Bad. Dakota
IN A VERY BAD WAY IN A VERY BAD WAY
Poor creeter! it wuz too bad that there should be so many of 'em Poor creeter! it wuz too bad that there should be so many of 'em
The Bad One falls into the river The Bad One falls into the river
A BADLY MIXED POLITICAL SPEECH NEAR CRESTLINE, O A BADLY MIXED POLITICAL SPEECH NEAR CRESTLINE, O
Bad for the Bull Bad for the Bull
A BAD DREAM A BAD DREAM

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Native Indians have been known to paint their doors blue, which they believe keeps the bad spirits out
    • imp Bad băd Bade.
    • a Bad băd 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the summer of 1858, the smell of the sewage in the Thames River in London was so bad that the Members of Parliament had to leave from the chamber of the House of Commons. This was a result of two million people dumping all their sewage into the river
    • bad Evil; ill; vicious; wicked; depraved: applied to persons, conduct, character, influence, etc.: as, a bad man; bad conduct; a bad life; a bad heart; bad influence, etc.
    • bad Offensive; disagreeable; troublesome; painful; grievous: as, bad treatment; a bad temper; it is too bad that you had to wait so long.
    • bad Hurtful; noxious; having an injurious or unfavorable tendency or effect: with for: as, bad air or bad food; late hours are bad for the health; this step would be bad for your reputation or prospects.
    • bad Ill; in ill health; sick; in unsound condition: as, to feel bad; to be bad with rheumatism; a bad hand or leg.
    • bad Not good; defective; worthless; poor; of no value: as, bad coin; bad debts; a bad soil; a bad crop; a bad piece of work; bad health.
    • bad Incorrect; faulty: as, a bad aim; bad English; a bad pronunciation.
    • bad Not valid; not sound: as, a bad claim; a bad plea.
    • bad Unfavorable; unfortunate: as, bad news; bad success.
    • bad [Bad is the ordinary antithesis of good, in all its senses, whether positively, ‘evil,’ ‘harmful,’ or negatively, ‘not good,’ ‘not satisfactory,’ and whether substantively, ‘being evil,’ or causally, ‘causing harm.’ The senses run into one another, the precise application being determined by the context.]
    • n bad That which is bad. A bad condition: as, to go to the bad (see below). A bad thing: as, there are bads and goods among them.
    • n bad Preterit of bid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dieting can cause bad breath since less saliva is produced which leads to dry mouth
    • adj Bad bad ill or evil: wicked: hurtful: incorrect, faulty: unfavourable: painful
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Quotations

  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.”
  • Harold J. Seymour
    Harold J. Seymour
    “Things were bad but now they are OK.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Nothing bad ever happens without equal or growth”
  • Publilius Syrus
    Publilius%20Syrus
    “It is bad advice that cannot be changed.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.”
  • Jules Renard
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    “There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.”

Idioms

Bad Apple - A person who is bad and makes other bad is a bad apple.
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Bad blood - If people feel hate because of things that happened in the past, there is bad blood between them.
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Bad egg - A person who cannot be trusted is a bad egg. Good egg is the opposite.
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Bad hair day - If you're having a bad hair day, things are not going the way you would like or had planned.
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Bad mouth - (UK) When you are bad mouthing,you are saying negative things about someone or something.('Bad-mouth' and 'badmouth' are also used.)
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Bad shape - If something's in bad shape, it's in bad condition. If a person's in bad shape, they are unfit or unhealthy.
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Bad taste in your mouth - If something leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, you feel there is something wrong or bad about it.
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Bad workers always blame their tools - "A bad worker always blames their tools" - If somebody does a job badly or loses in a game and claims that they were let down by their equipment, you can use this to imply that this was not the case.
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Best of a bad bunch - The best that could be obtained from a list of options that were not exactly what was required.
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Give a dog a bad name - A person who is generally known to have been guilty of some offence will always be suspected to be the author of all similar types of offence. Once someone has gained a bad reputation, it is very difficult to lose it.
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In my bad books - If you are in someone's bad books, they are angry with you. Likewise, if you are in their good books, they are pleased with you.
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One bad apple - The full form of this proverb is 'one bad apple spoils the barrel', meaning that a bad person, policy, etc, can ruin everything around it.
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Turn up like a bad penny - If someone turns up like a bad penny, they go somewhere where they are not wanted.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably fr. AS. bæddel, hermaphrodite; cf. bædling, effeminate fellow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. very obscure. The M. E. badde is referred by Zupitza to A.S. bæddel, a hermaphrodite, bædling, an effeminate fellow.

Usage

In literature:

And way beyond you can see the river glistening in the sun, and beyond that are the bad lands.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
Roger is being a very bad boy and I must punish him.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Most cowboys walked badly; on horseback they might be kings of the earth, but out of the saddle they rolled like sailors.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
It possessed no building of its own, and was badly housed in a private dwelling.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I saw some niggers what wuz beat bad, but I ain't neber had no bad beatin'.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
But yet he was a bad man in that he could never forget and never forgive.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
You may be ever so pure, you cannot associate with bad companions without falling into bad odor.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Bad lands they were, for man or beast, and Bad Lands they remained.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
One was a genuine bad man, and the other was the genuine imitation of a bad man.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
A bad egg was Paul King, with a bad past and a bad future.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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In poetry:

Craven and gilt,
Old and bad-
And his stroking of the hilt
Set a girl mad.
"There Was One" by Dorothy Parker
For every one that's bitten,
A remedy is found;
However bad the case is,
However deep the wound.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Said the Buddha Skeleton
Compassion is wealth
Said the Corporate skeleton
It's bad for your health
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Thou bad'st me call Him "Jesus,"
And from our heavy sin
I know He shall release us,
From Sheol win.
"Mary At Nazareth" by Cale Young Rice
Stern love of duty bad
Been JOYCE'S chiefest beauty;
Says he, "I love that lad,
But duty, damme! duty!
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Blurred playground noises
Beyond black-stockinged nurses -
Not a bad place to be.
Yet it doesn't suit me.
"Toads Revisited" by Philip Larkin

In news:

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico company is selling "bad" blue, meth-looking bath salts in honor of the AMC TV show "Breaking Bad.".
(AP) — A New Mexico company is selling "bad" blue, meth-looking bath salts in honor of the AMC TV show "Breaking Bad.".
The Yankees manager said it was just one bad game — one really bad game.
Not a bad year for John Cox—and therefore, not a bad year for local foodie appetites.
The best defense of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's instantly notorious "47 percent" remarks at a May fundraiser is that he made a bad point badly.
Tuesday's house price numbers are bad -- real bad.
Because the GRD Bad Bowlers League believes that being bad is a great thing, Brittney went home with a pair of tickets to tonight's Grand Rapids Griffins game at Van Andel Arena.
"Breaking Bad" Star Bryan Cranston Admits Being Capable of 'Doing Very Bad Things'.
Oh, Miley Cyrus, you are a bad, bad girl.
This is a bad, bad idea.
Things are going badly for the Phoenix Suns, but not badly enough for the team to consider making a coaching change.
Financial " contagion ," the process by which one bad event leads to a series of new bad events in the financial system, is key to understanding the stakes around Greece.
Fiona Apple's Bad, Bad Girl Moments.
And I don't mean "bad" like the "Bad Boys" of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
As part of this filing, they may split GM into two companies: a "Good GM" that will inherit the good assets and a "Bad GM" that will inherit the bad assets.
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In science:

In this paper we apply a variant of Heisenberg’s quantization method to solutions of the classical SU(3) Yang-Mills field equations which have bad asymptotic behavior.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
After quantization it has been found that the bad features (i.e. divergent fields and energy densities) of these solutions are moderated.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
Random deaths will only occur for a fraction of the population that has more bad mutations than the average, and we claim that this strategy brings the model closer to reality.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
However, equation (106) would be a bad choice for t > 0, as the positive imaginary part of the eigenvalues will give a wel l defined Pt in terms of unbounded factors (the time evolution would include exponentially growing terms).
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
This is an example of a bad field generator—a polynomial that is one coordinate in a birational transformation but not in a birational morphism.
Rational polynomials of simple type
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