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  1. rather bad; not very good.
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Origin of baddish

First recorded in 1745–55; bad1 + -ish1
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Examples from the Web for baddish

Historical Examples

  • "It's a baddish business," he added, when the butler had gone.

    The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893


  • Yes, colonel, what there is left of them; they certainly had a baddish twelve hours of it.

  • To-day is cold and foggy, like a baddish day in June with you; no colder, if so cold.

    Letters from the Cape

    Lady Duff Gordon

  • July begins unpleasantly with us, cold and showery, but it is often a baddish month.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

    William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh

  • Anyhow, we went wrong; and it is a baddish place to go wrong, I can tell you, is the Mozambique Channel.

Word Origin and History for baddish


"rather bad," 1755, from bad + -ish.

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