baddish

baddish

[bad-ish]
adjective
rather bad; not very good.

Origin:
1745–55; bad1 + -ish1

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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

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