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adjectiveAlso bad·assed .
  1. (of a person) difficult to deal with; mean-tempered and sometimes violent.

  2. so tough, assertive, or independent as to be somewhat intimidating: He is one badass sheriff who stops at nothing to solve a mystery.

  1. awesome or impressive; worthy of admiration: badass American sports cars;a bluegrass band with a badass fiddler.

  1. a mean-tempered troublemaker.

  2. 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

Words Nearby badass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use badass in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for badass


/ (ˈbædˌæs) slang, mainly US /

  1. a tough or aggressive person: the meanest badass in town

  1. tough or aggressive: a badass rock band

  2. excellent: a real badass watch

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