I. adjective (worse; worst) Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. a. failing to reach an acceptable standard ; poor <
a bad repair job
b. unfavorable <
make a bad impression
c. not fresh ; spoiled <
bad fish
d. not sound ; dilapidated <
the house was in bad condition
2. a. morally objectionable ; evil <
bad men
b. mischievous, disobedient <
a bad dog
3. inadequate or unsuited to a purpose <
a bad plan
bad lighting
4. disagreeable, unpleasant <
bad news
5. a. injurious, harmful <
a bad influence
b. serious, severe <
in bad trouble
a bad cough
6. incorrect, faulty <
bad grammar
7. a. suffering pain or distress <
felt generally bad
b. unhealthy, diseased <
bad teeth
8. sorrowful, sorry <
feels bad about forgetting to call
9. a. invalid, void <
a bad check
b. not able to be collected <
a bad debt
10. badder baddest slang a. good, great b. tough, meanbadness noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. something that is bad 2. an evil or unhappy state III. adverb Date: 1681 badly <
not doing so bad
doesn't want it bad enough

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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