[ bad-as ]
/ ˈbædˌæs /
Slang: Vulgar.

adjective Also bad·assed .

(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.

Origin of badass

First recorded in 1950–55; bad1 + ass2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for badass

/ (ˈbædˌæs) slang, mainly US /


a tough or aggressive personthe meanest badass in town


tough or aggressivea badass rock band
excellenta real badass watch
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