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Adjective
Of poor quality or a low standard
“We should have just stayed home instead of watching that bad movie.”
Adjective
Having a fault
“My access to the internet is being cut off intermittently due to a bad connection.”
Adjective
(of persons or workmanship) Unskilled
“He was a bad carpenter who could not even use a hammer properly.”
Adjective
Having a harmful effect on
“Drinking copious amounts of alcohol is bad for your health.”
Adjective
Morally unacceptable
“The king was a bad man who would execute anyone who opposed him.”
Adjective
Engaging in childish misbehavior
“Tim was a bad boy who refused to do as he was told.”
Adjective
(of food) Decayed or putrid
“The milk is now bad after weeks of being left in the fridge.”
Adjective
Severe or serious
“He was still recovering after being involved in a bad car accident.”
Adjective
Distressing to the mind or senses
“He received the bad news that he would soon be out of a job.”
Adjective
Sick or unwell
“I couldn't go to work today because I was feeling bad.”
Adjective
(of a part of the body) Injured or painful
“The soccer player had a bad knee after falling over on the field.”
Adjective
Feeling unhappy
“He felt bad because he hated his job.”
Adjective
Feeling repentant
“The mother felt bad for having to discipline her son even if it was necessary.”
Adjective
(of a moment or occasion) Inopportune or disadvantageous
“With property prices being so low, it is now a bad time to be putting your house up for sale.”
Adjective
Unwise or unsound in judgment
“Deciding to buy this expensive sports car was a bad decision.”
Adjective
Worthless or invalid
“When bad checks bounce, you may face fees, potential legal trouble, and other problems.”
Adjective
(of language) Offensive or vulgar
“He would often get angry and swear at others using bad language.”
Adjective
(of investments) High-risk, likely to fail
“He lost half of his life-savings due to a bad investment.”
Noun
That which is morally unacceptable
“There's good and bad in this world that we live in.”
Adverb
(informal) Badly
“He messed up real bad.”
Noun
(slang) Error or mistake
“Sorry, that was my bad!”
Adjective
(slang) Impressively bold or daring
“He was bad live, killed it on stage.”
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