Bad a. [Compar. Worse superl. Worst ] Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad air; bad health; a bad crop; bad news.
Note: Sometimes used substantively.
The strong antipathy of good to bad. --Pope.
Syn: -- Pernicious; deleterious; noxious; baneful; injurious; hurtful; evil; vile; wretched; corrupt; wicked; vicious; imperfect.
Bad imp. of Bid. Bade. [Obs.]
Bid v. t. [imp. Bade Bid, (Obs.) Bad; p. p. Bidden Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.]
1. To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically : To offer to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at auction), or to take (a certain price, as for work to be done under a contract).
2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.; as, to bid one welcome; to bid good morning, farewell, etc.
Neither bid him God speed. --2. John 10.
He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. --Granrille.
3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly obs.] “Our banns thrice bid !”
4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.
That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. --Pope
Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. --Matt. xiv. 28
I was bid to pick up shells. --D. Jerrold.
5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.
As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. --Matt. xxii. 9
To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.]
To bid defiance to , to defy openly; to brave.
To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair promise; to seem likely.
Syn: -- To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.
adj 1: having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report
card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression";
"a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad
cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the
reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad
light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice" [ant:
2: very intense; "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big
(or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm" [syn: big]
3: feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally
used colloquially for `bad'); "my throat feels bad"; "she
felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless
night" [syn: tough]
4: (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; "bad
meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food" [syn: spoiled,
5: not capable of being collected; "a bad (or uncollectible)
debt" [syn: uncollectible]
6: below average in quality or performance; "a bad chess
player"; "a bad recital"
7: nonstandard; "so-called bad grammar"
8: not financially safe or secure; "a bad investment"; "high
risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much
can't help being risky"; "speculative business
enterprises" [syn: insecure, risky, high-risk, speculative]
9: physically unsound or diseased; "has a bad back"; "a bad
heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth"
[syn: unfit, unsound]
10: capable of harming; "bad habits"; "bad air"; "smoking is bad
11: keenly sorry or regretful; "felt bad about letting the team
down"; "was sorry that she had treated him so badly";
"felt bad about breaking the vase" [syn: sorry]
12: characterized by wickedness or immorality; "led a very bad
life" [syn: immoral]
13: reproduced fraudulently; "like a bad penny..."; "a forged
twenty dollar bill" [syn: forged]
14: not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a
defective appliance" [syn: defective]
n : that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or
decency; "take the bad with the good" [syn: badness]
[ant: good, good]
adv 1: with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for
`badly'); "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were
badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad"
2: very much; strongly; "I wanted it badly enough to work hard
for it"; "the cables had sagged badly"; "they were badly
in need of help"; "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste
it" [syn: badly]
[also: worst, worse]