adjective, worse, worst; (Slang) bad·der, bad·dest for 36.
- vulgar, obscene, or blasphemous: bad language.
- not properly observing rules or customs of grammar, usage, spelling, etc.; incorrect: He speaks bad English.
- in trouble or distress.
- in disfavor: He's in bad with his father-in-law.
- tolerably good; not without merit: The dinner wasn't bad, but I've had better.
- not difficult: Once you know geometry, trigonometry isn't bad.
Origin of bad1
Related formsbad·ness, noun
When the adverbial use is required, badly is standard with all verbs: She reacted badly to the criticism. Bad as an adverb appears mainly in informal contexts: I didn't do too bad on the tests. He wants money so bad it hurts. See also badly, good.
Examples from the Web for badness
Funny that the Massachusetts secretary of state, William Galvin, thinks that account may be part of the larger Bernie badness.
Mayn't I have my little joke about your badness—your redoubtable badness of reputation?The Fighting Chance|Robert W. Chambers
On the answer to this question depends entirely every decision concerning the goodness or badness of conduct.The Data of Ethics|Herbert Spencer
Proposing one day to take a stroll with him, he excused himself on account of the badness of the weather.The Jest Book|Mark Lemon
British Dictionary definitions for badness (1 of 2)
adjective worse or worst
- seriously ill, through sickness or injury
- in trouble of any kind
Derived Formsbaddish, adjectivebadness, noun
Word Origin for bad
British Dictionary definitions for badness (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with badness
In addition to the idioms beginning with bad
- bad blood
- bad egg
- bad hair day
- bad luck
- badly off
- bad mouth
- bad name
- bad news
- bad off
- bad sort, a
- bad taste
- bad time
- bad trip
- come to an end (bad end)
- feel bad
- from bad to worse
- get off on the wrong foot (to a bad start)
- give a bad name
- give bad marks to
- go bad
- in a bad mood
- in a bad way
- in bad faith
- in bad with someone
- in someone's bad graces
- leave a bad taste in one's mouth
- make the best of (a bad bargain)
- not a bad sort
- not bad
- poor (bad) taste
- run of (bad) luck
- too bad
- turn up (like a bad penny)
- with bad grace