[bad-as]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.


a mean-tempered troublemaker.

Origin of badass

First recorded in 1960–65; bad1 + ass2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a tough or aggressive personthe meanest badass in town


tough or aggressivea badass rock band
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Word Origin and History for badass

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper