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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Bad
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.

Note: Sometimes used substantively.

Etymology: Probably fr. AS. bæddel hermaphrodite; cf. bædling effeminate fellow

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  1. That which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency ("take the bad with the good")
  2. Feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad') ("my throat feels bad" and "she felt bad all over")
  3. (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition ("bad meat")
  4. Not working properly ("a bad telephone connection")
  5. Reproduced fraudulently ("like a bad penny...")
  6. 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", and "the movie was a bad choice")
  7. Characterized by wickedness or immorality ("led a very bad life")
  8. Feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone ("he felt bad about breaking the vase")
  9. Capable of harming ("bad air" and "smoking is bad for you")
  10. Physically unsound or diseased ("has a bad back", "a bad heart", and "bad teeth")
  11. Very intense ("a bad headache", "had a big (or bad) shock", "a bad earthquake", and "a bad storm")
  12. Not financially safe or secure ("a bad investment")
  13. Nonstandard ("so-called bad grammar")
  14. Below average in quality or performance ("a bad chess player" and "a bad recital")
  15. Not capable of being collected ("a bad (or uncollectible) debt")
  16. 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", and "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it")
  17. With great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly') ("the injury hurt badly", "the buildings were badly shaken", "it hurts bad", and "we need water bad")

From Middle English bad, badde (“wicked, evil, depraved”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps a shortening of Old English bæddel (“hermaphrodite”) (for loss of -el compare Middle English muche from Old English myċel, and Middle English wenche from Old English wenċel), from bædan (“to defile”), from Proto-Germanic *bad- (compare Old High German pad (“hermaphrodite”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoidʰ- (compare Welsh baedd (“wild boar”), Latin foedus (“foul, filthy”), foedō (“to defile, pollute”)). Alternatively, a loan from Old Norse into Middle English, compare Norwegian bad (neuter) "effort, trouble, fear", East Danish bad (neuter) "damage, destruction, fight", from the Proto-Germanic noun *bada- (Kroonen, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic, s. v. *badōjan-).

  1. (slang) Error, mistake.
    Sorry, my !
  2. (countable, uncountable, economics) An item (or kind of item) of merchandise with negative value; an unwanted good.

Probably identical to , etymology 1, above, especially in the sense "bold, daring".

From Middle English bad, from Old English bæd, first and third-person singular indicative past tense of biddan (“to ask”).


    bad was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Gothic, Lojban, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old English, Old Irish, Polish, Scottish Gaelic, Swedish, and Volapük

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    Flavius Băd is a soccer player for the ACS Poli Timișoara, FC Progresul București, FC UTA Arad, AF Gloria Bistrița, CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca, CS Național Sebiș, and CS Șoimii Pâncota. Flavius was born on May 24th, 1983 in Arad, Romania.


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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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