bad

1 [bad]
adjective, worse, worst; (Slang) badder, baddest for 36.
1.
not good in any manner or degree.
2.
having a wicked or evil character; morally reprehensible: There is no such thing as a bad boy.
3.
of poor or inferior quality; defective; deficient: a bad diamond; a bad spark plug.
4.
inadequate or below standard; not satisfactory for use: bad heating; Living conditions in some areas are very bad.
5.
inaccurate, incorrect, or faulty: a bad guess.
6.
invalid, unsound, or false: a bad insurance claim; bad judgment.
7.
causing or liable to cause sickness or ill health; injurious or harmful: Too much sugar is bad for your teeth.
8.
suffering from sickness, ill health, pain, or injury; sick; ill: He felt bad from eating the green apples.
9.
not healthy or in good physical condition; diseased, decayed, or physically weakened: A bad heart kept him out of the army.
10.
tainted, spoiled, or rotten, especially to the point of being inedible: The meat is bad because you left it out of the refrigerator too long.
11.
having a disastrous or detrimental effect, result, or tendency; unfavorable: The drought is bad for the farmers. His sloppy appearance made a bad impression.
12.
causing or characterized by discomfort, inconvenience, uneasiness, or annoyance; disagreeable; unpleasant: I had a bad flight to Chicago.
13.
easily provoked to anger; irascible: a bad temper.
14.
cross, irritable, or surly: If I don't have my morning coffee, I'm in a bad mood all day.
15.
more uncomfortable, persistent, painful, or dangerous than usual; severe: a bad attack of asthma.
16.
causing or resulting in disaster or severe damage or destruction: a bad flood.
17.
regretful, contrite, dejected, or upset: He felt bad about having to leave the children all alone.
18.
disobedient, naughty, or misbehaving: If you're bad at school, you'll go to bed without supper.
19.
disreputable or dishonorable: He's getting a bad name from changing jobs so often.
20.
displaying a lack of skill, talent, proficiency, or judgment: a bad painting; Bad drivers cause most of the accidents.
21.
causing distress; unfortunate or unfavorable: I'm afraid I have bad news for you.
22.
not suitable or appropriate; disadvantageous or dangerous: It was a bad day for fishing.
23.
inclement; considered too stormy, hot, cold, etc.: We had a bad winter with a lot of snow.
24.
disagreeable or offensive to the senses: a bad odor.
25.
exhibiting a lack of artistic sensitivity: The room was decorated in bad taste.
26.
not in keeping with a standard of behavior or conduct; coarse: bad manners.
27.
a.
vulgar, obscene, or blasphemous: bad language.
b.
not properly observing rules or customs of grammar, usage, spelling, etc.; incorrect: He speaks bad English.
28.
unattractive, especially because of a lack of pleasing proportions: She has a bad figure.
29.
(of the complexion) marred by defects; pockmarked or pimply; blemished: bad skin.
30.
not profitable or worth the price paid: The land was a bad buy.
31.
Commerce. deemed uncollectible or irrecoverable and treated as a loss: a bad debt.
32.
ill-spent; wasted: Don't throw good money after bad money.
33.
counterfeit; not genuine: There was a bad ten-dollar bill in with the change.
34.
having the character of a villain; villainous: In the movies the good guys always beat the bad guys.
35.
Sports. failing to land within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court; missing the mark; not well aimed.
36.
Slang. outstandingly excellent; first-rate: He's a bad man on drums, and the fans love him.
noun
37.
that which is bad: You have to take the bad with the good.
38.
a bad condition, character, or quality: His health seemed to go from bad to worse.
39.
(used with a plural verb) evil persons collectively (usually preceded by the ): The bad are always stirring up trouble.
adverb Informal.
40.
badly: He wanted it bad enough to steal it.
Idioms
41.
bad off, in poor or distressed condition or circumstances; destitute: His family has been pretty bad off since he lost his job. Also, badly off. Compare well-off.
42.
go to the bad, to deteriorate physically or morally; go to ruin: She wept at seeing her son go to the bad.
43.
in a bad way, in severe trouble or distress.
44.
in bad, Informal.
a.
in trouble or distress.
b.
in disfavor: He's in bad with his father-in-law.
45.
my bad, Slang. my fault! my mistake!
46.
not bad,
a.
tolerably good; not without merit: The dinner wasn't bad, but I've had better.
b.
not difficult: Once you know geometry, trigonometry isn't bad.
Also, not so bad, not too bad.
47.
too bad, unfortunate or disappointing: It's too bad that he didn't go to college.
48.
to the bad, in arrears: He's $100 to the bad on his debt.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English badde, perhaps akin to Old English bæddel hermaphrodite, bædling womanish man

badness, noun


2. depraved, corrupt, base, sinful, criminal, atrocious. Bad, evil, ill, wicked are closest in meaning in reference to that which is lacking in moral qualities or is actually vicious and reprehensible. Bad is the broadest and simplest term: a bad man; bad habits. Evil applies to that which violates or leads to the violation of moral law: evil practices. Ill now appears mainly in certain fixed expressions, with a milder implication than that in evil: ill will; ill-natured. Wicked implies willful and determined doing of what is very wrong: a wicked plan. 10. putrefied. 21. adverse, unlucky, unhappy.


The adjective bad meaning “unpleasant, unattractive, unfavorable, spoiled, etc.,” is the usual form to follow such copulative verbs as sound, smell, look, and taste: After the rainstorm the water tasted bad. The coach says the locker room smells bad. After the copulative verb feel, the adjective badly in reference to physical or emotional states is also used and is standard, although bad is more common in formal writing: I feel bad from overeating. She felt badly about her friend's misfortune.
When the adverbial use is required, badly is standard with all verbs: She reacted badly to the criticism. Bad as an adverb appears mainly in informal contexts: I didn't do too bad on the tests. He wants money so bad it hurts. See also badly, good.
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bad

2 [bad]
verb Archaic.
a simple past tense of bid.

bid

1 [bid]
verb (used with object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bidden or bid for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bidding.
1.
to command; order; direct: to bid them depart.
2.
to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish): to bid good night.
3.
Commerce. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge: They bid $25,000 and got the contract.
4.
Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit): to bid two no-trump.
5.
to summon by invitation; invite.
verb (used without object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 6 or bid for 7; bidden or bid for 6 or bid for 7; bidding.
6.
to command; order; direct: I will do as you bid.
7.
to make a bid: She bid at the auction for the old chair.
noun
8.
an act or instance of bidding.
9.
Cards.
a.
an offer to make a specified number of points or to take a specified number of tricks.
b.
the amount of such an offer.
c.
the turn of a person to bid.
10.
an invitation: a bid to join the club.
11.
an attempt to attain some goal or purpose: a bid for election.
12.
Also called bid price. Stock Exchange. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security at a given moment.
Verb phrases, past and past participle bid, present participle bidding.
13.
bid in, Commerce. to overbid all offers for (property) at an auction in order to retain ownership.
14.
bid up, Commerce. to increase the market price of by increasing bids.
Idioms, past bade or (Archaic) bad, past participle bidden or bid, present participle bidding.
15.
bid fair. fair1 ( def 29 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English bidden, Old English biddan to beg, ask; cognate with Old Frisian bidda, Old Saxon biddian, Old High German bittan (German bitten), Old Norse bithja, Gothic bidjan; all < Germanic *bid-ja- (< Indo-European *bhidh-) command, akin to Greek peíthein to persuade, inspire with trust, English bide

bidder, noun

bidder, bitter.


1. charge; require, enjoin. 3. offer, tender, proffer. 8. offer, proposal; proffer.

bid

2 [bid]
verb Archaic.
past participle of bide.
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bad1 (bæd)
 
adj , worse, worst, badder, baddest
1.  not good; of poor quality; inadequate; inferior: bad workmanship; bad soil; bad light for reading
2.  (often foll by at) lacking skill or talent; incompetent: a bad painter; bad at sports
3.  (often foll by for) harmful: bad air; smoking is bad for you
4.  immoral; evil: a bad life
5.  naughty; mischievous; disobedient: a bad child
6.  rotten; decayed; spoiled: a bad egg
7.  severe; intense: a bad headache
8.  incorrect; wrong; faulty: bad pronunciation
9.  ill or in pain (esp in the phrase feel bad)
10.  regretful, sorry, or upset (esp in the phrase feel bad about)
11.  unfavourable; distressing: bad news; a bad business
12.  offensive; unpleasant; disagreeable: bad language; bad temper
13.  not valid or sound; void: a bad cheque
14.  not recoverable: a bad debt
15.  slang good; excellent
16.  go from bad to worse to deteriorate even more
17.  go bad to putrefy; spoil
18.  informal in a bad way
 a.  seriously ill, through sickness or injury
 b.  in trouble of any kind
19.  in someone's bad books See book
20.  make the best of a bad job to manage as well as possible in unfavourable circumstances
21.  informal not bad, not so bad passable; fair; fairly good
22.  informal not half bad very good
23.  informal too bad (often used dismissively) regrettable
 
n
24.  unfortunate or unpleasant events collectively (often in the phrase take the bad with the good)
25.  an immoral or degenerate state (often in the phrase go to the bad)
26.  the debit side of an account: £200 to the bad
27.  informal (US), (Canadian) my bad my fault or mistake
 
adv
28.  not standard badly: to want something bad
 
[C13: probably from bæd-, as the first element of Old English bǣddel hermaphrodite, bǣdling sodomite]
 
'baddish1
 
adj
 
'badness1
 
n

bad2 (bæd)
 
vb
a variant of bade

bade or bad (bæd, beɪd)
 
vb
past tense of bid
 
bad or bad
 
vb

bid (bɪd)
 
vb (often foll by for or against) (usually foll by for) , esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bids, bidding, bad, bade, bid, bidden, bid
1.  to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction
2.  commerce to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase
3.  (tr) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc): to bid farewell
4.  to order; command: do as you are bid!
5.  to attempt to attain power, etc
6.  (tr) to invite; ask kindly: she bade him sit down
7.  bridge to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make
8.  bid defiance to resist boldly
9.  bid fair to seem probable
 
n
10.  a.  an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
 b.  the price offered
11.  commerce
 a.  a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
 b.  the price or other terms so stated
12.  an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
13.  bridge
 a.  the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
 b.  a player's turn to make a bid
14.  short for bid price
 
[Old English biddan; related to German bitten]
 
'bidder
 
n

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Word Origin & History

bad
c.1200, a mystery word with no apparent relatives in other languages.* Possibly from O.E. derogatory term bæddel and its dim. bædling "effeminate man, hermaphrodite, pederast," probably related to bædan "to defile." Originally "defective, inferior;" sense of "evil, morally depraved"
is first recorded c.1300. A rare word before 1400, and evil was more common in this sense until c.1700. Comparable words in the other I.E. languages tend to have grown from descriptions of specific qualities, such as "ugly," "defective," "weak," "faithless," "impudent," "crooked," "filthy" (e.g. Gk. kakos, probably from the word for "excrement;" Rus. plochoj, related to O.C.S. plachu "wavering, timid;" Pers. gast, O.Pers. gasta-, related to gand "stench;" Ger. schlecht, originally "level, straight, smooth," whence "simple, ordinary," then "bad"). Comparative and superlative forms badder, baddest were common 14c.-18c. and used as recently as Defoe (but not by Shakespeare), but yielded to comp. worse and superl. worst (which had belonged to evil and ill). In U.S. place names, sometimes translating native terms meaning "supernaturally dangerous." Ironic use as a word of approval is said to be at least since 1890s orally, originally in Black Eng., emerging in print 1928 in a jazz context. It might have emerged from the ambivalence of expressions like bad nigger, used as a term of reproach by whites, but among blacks sometimes representing one who stood up to injustice, but in the U.S. West bad man also had a certain ambivalence:
"These are the men who do most of the killing in frontier communities, yet it is a noteworthy fact that the men who are killed generally deserve their fate." [Farmer & Henley]
*Farsi has bad in more or less the same sense as the English word, but this is regarded by linguists as a coincidence. The forms of the words diverge as they are traced back in time (Farsi bad comes from M.Pers. vat), and such accidental convergences exist across many languages, given the vast number of words in each and the limited range of sounds humans can make to signify them. Among other coincidental matches with English are Korean mani "many," Chinese pei "pay," Nahuatl (Aztecan) huel "well," Maya hol "hole."

bid
The modern verb is a merger of two old words. The sense in bid farewell is from O.E. biddan "to ask, entreat, pray, beseech; order; beg" (class V strong verb, past tense bæd, past participle beden), from P.Gmc. *bidjan "to pray, entreat" (cf. Ger. bitten "to ask," O.H.G., 8c.), which, according
to Kluge and Watkins is from a PIE base *gwhedh- "to ask, pray" (see bead). A bid at an auction, meanwhile, is from O.E. beodan "offer, proclaim" (class II strong verb; p.t. bead, p.p. boden), from P.Gmc. *biudanan "to stretch out, reach out, offer, present," (cf. Ger. bieten "to offer"), from PIE base *bh(e)udh- "to be aware, make aware" (cf. Skt. bodhati "is awake, is watchful, observes," buddhah "awakened, enlightened;" O.C.S. bljudo "to observe;" Lith. budeti "to be awake;" O.Ir. buide "contentment, thanks").
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Slang Dictionary

bad definition


  1. mod.
    powerful; intense. : This grass is bad!
  2. mod.
    suitable; excellent; good. : I got some new silks that are really bad.
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Computing Dictionary

BAD definition


/B-A-D/ Broken As Designed, a play on "working as designed", from IBM. Failing because of bad design and misfeatures rather than because of bugs.
[Jargon File]
(2002-04-14)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
BAD
French Banque africaine de développement (African Development Bank)
BID
  1. Bachelor of Industrial Design

  2. Spanish Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (Inter-American Development Bank)

  3. buoyancy induced dispersion

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Idioms & Phrases

bad

In addition to the idioms beginning with bad, also see come to an end (bad end); feel bad; from bad to worse; get off on the wrong foot (to a bad start); give a bad name; give bad marks to; go bad; in a bad mood; in a bad way; in bad faith; in bad with someone; in someone's bad graces; leave a bad taste in one's mouth; make the best of (a bad bargain); not a bad sort; not bad; poor (bad) taste; run of (bad) luck; too bad; turn up (like a bad penny); with bad grace.

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Example sentences
There has never been a shortage of bad writers.
There are plenty of bad books.
It's believed that the ritual will wash away bad luck.
There is good news and bad news.
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