badass

[ bad-as ]
/ ˈbædˌæs /
Slang: Vulgar.

adjective Also bad·assed.

(of a person) difficult to deal with; mean-tempered; touchy.
distinctively tough or powerful; so exceptional as to be intimidating.

noun

a mean-tempered troublemaker.

Nearby words

  1. bada-bing,
  2. badajoz,
  3. badakhshan,
  4. badalona,
  5. badarian,
  6. badb,
  7. baddeleyite,
  8. badder,
  9. badderlocks,
  10. baddest

Origin of badass

First recorded in 1960–65; bad1 + ass2

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British Dictionary definitions for badass

badass

/ (ˈbædˌæs) slang, mainly US /

noun

a tough or aggressive personthe meanest badass in town

adjective

tough or aggressivea badass rock band
excellenta real badass watch
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Word Origin and History for badass

badass

n.

"tough guy," 1950s U.S. slang, from bad + ass (n.2).

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