(of a person) difficult to deal with; mean-tempered and sometimes violent.
so tough, assertive, or independent as to be somewhat intimidating: He is one badass sheriff who stops at nothing to solve a mystery.
awesome or impressive; worthy of admiration: badass American sports cars;a bluegrass band with a badass fiddler.
a mean-tempered troublemaker.
a somewhat intimidating person who is tough, assertive, or independent: She’s a corporate badass who knows her worth.
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How to use badass in a sentence
“The Mandalorian’s Cara Dune Is The Feminist badass We Needed From Star Wars,” read a 2019 headline from the entertainment website PopSugar.Gina Carano is off ‘The Mandalorian’ over ‘abhorrent and unacceptable’ social media posts, Lucasfilm says | Timothy Bella | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Every year, Apple sells us on its most expensive and badass products.
We now have a chance to “close the loop,” from thought to movement to touch and back to thought, and make some badass robots along the way.
Had he stopped with that and walked off, it would have been irresponsible, sure, but also badass.There is plenty of happiness in college football — if you know where to look | Chuck Culpepper | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
As a small and nimble team, we were able to pivot quickly, but to do it on-brand and at an elevated level required all hands on deck—and hiring a badass creative director to bring our vision to life.Canned wine might have been primed for socializing in the era of social distancing | Rachel King | November 8, 2020 | Fortune
This is a new version of Catman, his past is yet to be told, but an ordeal made him not just badass, but flawed, deeply flawed.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’ | Rich Goldstein | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Daily Beast spoke to Dormer about her badass new role and all things Game of Thrones.Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick | Marlow Stern | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It can happen to the guy playing a badass on Sons of Anarchy.
She is a badass who can take down any opponent that stands in her way, regardless of gender.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie | Alec Kubas-Meyer | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All that, and, Jonas tells me, “overall I thought it was just really badass.”Nick Jonas Is All Grown Up, Clutching His Penis and Everything | Kevin Fallon | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for badass
a tough or aggressive person: the meanest badass in town
tough or aggressive: a badass rock band
excellent: a real badass watch
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