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spoken English61.55%written English38.45% conversational speech64.2%task-oriented speech35.8% imaginative writing64.32%informational writing35.68%
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Bad is sometimes a misspelling of bed or dad.

The word bad is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective bad

What does bad mean as an attribute of a noun?

Bad is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: worse / badder (slang) | worst / baddest (slang)

  1. having undesirable or negative qualities
  2. very intense
    • examples: a bad headache | had a big (or bad) shock | a bad earthquake | a bad storm
    • synonym of bad: big
    • similar: intense
  3. feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
  4. (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
  5. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
  6. not capable of being collected
  7. below average in quality or performance
    • examples: a bad chess player | a bad recital
    • similar: inferior
  8. nonstandard
  9. not financially safe or secure
  10. physically unsound or diseased
  11. capable of harming
    • examples: bad air | smoking is bad for you
    • similar: harmful
  12. characterized by wickedness or immorality
    • example: led a very bad life
    • similar: evil
  13. reproduced fraudulently
  14. not working properly

Alternative definition of the adjective bad


  1. Not good; unfavorable; negative.
  2. Seemingly non-appropriate, in manners, etc.
  3. Not suitable or fitting.
  4. Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.
  5. Evil; wicked.
  6. Faulty; not functional.
  7. Of food, spoiled, rotten, overripe.
  8. Of breath, malodorous, foul.
  9. Bold and daring.
  10. Severe, urgent (of a need or want).
  11. [rfm-sense] [slang] Fantastic.

Definition of the adverb bad

What does bad mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')
    • examples: it hurts bad | we need water bad
    • synonym of bad: badly
  2. very much; strongly
    • example: he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it
    • synonym of bad: badly

Alternative definition of the adverb bad


  1. [context: now colloquial] Badly.

Definition of the noun bad

What does bad mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bads

  1. that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
    • example: take the bad with the good
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of bad: badness
    • antonym of bad: good
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    • more specific words:
      • unworthiness = the quality or state of lacking merit or value
      • undesirability = the quality possessed by something that should be avoided
      • worse = something inferior in quality or condition or effect
      • evil = that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
      • unsoundness = not mentally or physically healthy
      • liability = the quality of being something that holds you back
      • inadvisability = the quality of being ill-advised

Alternative definition of the noun bad


  1. [slang] error, mistake


  1. Bad is a census town in Mathura district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located on NH2, near Indian Oil corporation, Mathura refinery Township.
  2. Bad a.k.a. Barksdale Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located approximately 4.72 miles east-southeast of Bossier City, Louisiana.
  3. Bad a.k.a. Bad, Karnataka: Bad is a village in Belgaum district in the southern state of Karnataka, India.

There are other places with in their name, like Ya'bad, Bad Axe, Bad Orb, Bad Boll, Bad Gams, Bad Hall, Bad Laer, Bad Tölz, Bad Zell, Bad Berka, Bad Bibra, Bad Düben, Bad Essen, Bad Grund, Bad Iburg, Bad Ischl, Bad König, Bad Kösen, Bad Soden and Bad Sulza.


  1. Bad a.k.a. Artur Szpilka, nickname "Szpila" -, is a Polish professional southpaw heavyweight boxer. He fought for Górnik Wieliczka, he is the former Polish cruiserweight champion.
  2. Bad a.k.a. Ryan Montgomery: Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his solo career, recording primarily with Carlos "6 July" Broady and DJ Premier, as well as ghostwriting for the likes of Diddy and Dr. Dre. Royce is one half of the rap duo Bad Meets Evil with Eminem and also a member of hip hop group Slaughterhouse. The editors of ranked him No. 30 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time.
  3. Bad a.k.a. Chad Dawson: "Bad" Chad Phillip Dawson is an American professional boxer from Hartsville, South Carolina.

There are other people with in their name, like Bad Azz, Bad Boy, Bad Kid, Bad Man, Bad Boy., Bad Girl, Bad Loop, Bad Spit, Bad Eagle, Bad Habit and many others.


  1. BAD a.k.a. Big Audio Dynamite is a British musical group formed in 1984 by the ex-guitarist and singer of the Clash, Mick Jones. The group is noted for its effective mixture of varied musical styles, incorporating elements of punk rock, dance music, hip hop, reggae, and funk. BAD's one constant throughout frequent shifts in membership and musical direction is the vocals provided by Mick Jones. After releasing a number of well-received albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Big Audio Dynamite disbanded in 1997. In 2011, the band embarked on a reunion tour.
  2. Bad is a New Zealand punk group.
    • album: "Not Bad"

There are other groups with in their name, like Bad Axe, Bad Cop, Bad Boyz, Bad City, Bad Copy, Bad Grid, Bad Guys, Bad Joke, Bad Life, Bad Mask, Bad News, Bad Seed, Bad Side, Bad Sign, Bad Suns, Bad trip, Bad Blood, Bad Bones, Bad Books and Bad Candy.


  1. "Bad" is the seventh studio album by American singer Michael Jackson. The album was released on August 31, 1987 by Epic Records, nearly five years after Jackson's previous studio album, Thriller, which went on to become the world's best-selling album. Bad itself has sold between 30-45 million copies worldwide, certified 9 times Platinum in the United States alone, and has been cited as one of the 30 best-selling albums of all time. The album produced a record five Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, the first and one of only two albums to do so, the second being Katy Perry's 2010 album Teenage Dream. Similar to Jackson's previous music material, the album's music features elements of R&B, pop and rock.
  2. "Bad" is a song by American song writer and recording artist Michael Jackson. "Bad" was released by Epic Records in September 1987, as the second single from Jackson's studio album of the same name. The song was written, composed, and co-produced by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones. Jackson stated that the song was influenced by a real life story he had read about.
    • also known as Bad (låt), Bad (Nummer)
    • music and lyrics by Michael Jackson
    • award:
      • Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Male nomination for Michael Jackson
      • American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single nomination for Michael Jackson
      • Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Male, received by Michael Jackson
      • American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single, received by Michael Jackson
  3. "Bad" is a song by French house music producer and disc jockey David Guetta and Dutch production duo Showtek, featuring vocals from Australian singer Vassy. It was released on 17 March 2014 as the second single from Guetta's forthcoming studio album, Listen. It was written and produced by Guetta and Showtek, and it was co-written by Giorgio Tuinfort, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Nick Turpin, Manian, and Vassy. The song entered and peaked the UK Singles Chart at number 22. This track has since topped the chart in Finland and Norway.
  4. "Bad" is a song by rock band U2 and the seventh track from their 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire. A song about heroin addiction, it is considered a fan favourite, and is one of U2's most frequently performed songs in concert.
  5. "Bad" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Wale. It was released on February 5, 2013, as the first single from his third studio album The Gifted. The song, produced by Kelson Camp, features a guest appearance from Tiara Thomas. "Bad" has so far peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Wale's second top 40 entry after "Lotus Flower Bomb", and becoming his highest-charting single as a lead artist. It also became Thomas' first top 40 entry.
  6. "Bad" is a musical composition.
    • award: - Mnet Asian Music Award for Song of the Year nomination for Tablo
  7. Bad: The music video of the Bad song by Michael Jackson.
    • award: - MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography (Choreographers: Michael Jackson, Gregg Burge and Jeffrey Daniel) nomination for Michael Jackson
  8. "Bad" is a musical single of Showtek, Vassy, David Guetta.
    • released on
  9. "BAD" is a musical album of MINMI.
    • released on
  10. "Bad" is a composition.
  11. "Bad" is the 2013 single by Wale.
    • released on
  12. "Bad" is a musical single of Glee Cast.
    • released on
  13. "Bad" is a musical single of Natalie Sims.
    • released on


  1. "Bad": Andy Warhol's Bad is a 1977 comedy film, directed by Jed Johnson, starring Carroll Baker, Perry King and Susan Tyrrell. It was written by Pat Hackett and George Abagnalo, and was the last film produced by Andy Warhol before his death in 1987.
  2. "Bad", stylized as bAd, is a 2007 drama film directed and written by Vincenzo Giammanco about a young boy who is dyslexic.
  3. "Bad" is a film.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Gay pornography
    • released on (25 years ago)


  1. Bad was the first concert tour by American recording artist Michael Jackson, launched in support of his seventh studio album of the same name. Sponsored by Pepsi and spanning 16 months, the tour included 123 concerts to 4.4 million fans across 15 countries making it the second highest grossing tour of 1987. In April 1989, the tour was nominated for "Tour of the Year 1988" at the inaugural International Rock Awards.
    • also known as แบด, Bad世界巡回演唱会
  2. Bad: In economics, a bad is the opposite of a good. A "bad" is anything with a negative value to the consumer, or a negative price in the marketplace. Refuse is an example of a bad.
  3. Bad: The cuneiform bad, bat, be, etc. sign is a common multi-use sign in the mid 14th-century BC Amarna letters, and the Epic of Gilgamesh. In the Epic it also has 5 sumerogram uses. From Giorgio Buccellati 'comparative graphemic analysis', of 5 categories of letters, the usage numbers of the bad sign are as follows: Old Babylonian Royal letters, OB non-Royal letters, Mari letters, Amarna letters, Ugarit letters.
  4. Bad a.k.a. Banda languages: Banda is a family of Ubangian languages spoken by the Banda people of Central Africa.
  5. Bad a.k.a. The Bosnia and Herzegovina dinar was the independent currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1998, used in those areas under Bosniak control. No subdivisions were issued.

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Google previewA Dictionary of Medical Terminology , Dental Surgery and the Collateral Sciences (1878)

C<icli<rinin ; from Knuor, bad, and at/ia, blood. A bad condition of the blood. Caospsllie'sis. From KOKOI;, and ain\1i/nir. feeling. Morbid sensation ; indisposition. C'ac'agoguv. An ointment composed of alum and honey, applied to the anus to ...

Google previewA Dictionary, Hindustani And English (1820)

by John Shakespear

2:45 ku-teo, s, f Bad habit. A. Le-3७5 kasgfat (from t-ae5) s. f: Density, fulness, repletion. A० **2,** kasrut (from A5) s. f. Abundance, excess, the being many or much : (in Hind.) practice, fashion, mode. A. e-ie5 kagf, 8. m. A crowd, multitude.

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Usage statistics about bad

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective bad:

spoken English61.55%written English38.45% conversational speech64.2%task-oriented speech35.8% imaginative writing64.32%informational writing35.68%

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I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to grips with their humanity. (James Ellroy)
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Scrabble value of B3A1D2

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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