Bad is a pretty easy word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand bad (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use bad in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of bad, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of bad, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
EXAMPLES - Bad in a Sentence
- The loans a bank regrets are what I call bad bets. (source)
- A new test gives new meaning to the term bad breath. (source)
- "I don't know what you call a bad habit," retorted Abby. (source)
- POLITAN: That ` s what we call bad facts for the defense. (source)
- I wanted to take a closer look at what they call bad here. (source)
- He's now blowing the whistle on what he calls a bad strategy. (source)
- Disney Exec: "Well, if that's what you call bad writing -- yes." (source)
- How bad that I actually feel _bad_ for not knowing a few of those? (source)
- It is this; we are what you call a bad boat, and all of us are in it. (source)
- Essentially you're dealing with bad singletons - which are also _bad_ objects. (source)
- In one sense, Rick, is that they're going to be on what we call the bad side of the storm. (source)
- If you've got subprime or what you call bad credit, then you have a little bit more trouble. (source)
- A bad man, a _bad_ man, was Mount Severn, "he emphatically added, as he rose and rang the bell. (source)
- I very agree with you: if the writing is bad, *the writing is bad*, no matter who it's aimed at. (source)
- But the integrated battery also means if something bad happens, then something * very bad* happens. (source)
- Michael Bay is the Lord of Actoin, hands down! rava cant wait for bad boys3..bad boys 2 is my fav movie ever (source)
- Thief caught on camera using chopsticks to pickpocket shoppers NOW this is what you call a bad Chinese takeaway. (source)
- Thank you for your support regarding Romanus, who is what we call a bad winner--something even worse than a bad loser. (source)
- The union blamed this lack of morale on what they described as bad management, poor working conditions and low salaries. (source)
- They also include the term "bad bank": a government institution that absorbs the foolish debt accrued by commercial banks. (source)
- But if you look at the example in Pennsylvania, you have someone who was just what I call a bad person looking for a target. (source)
- I had some bad resultsand I mean *bad* with a supposedly good cookbook a while back, so at least you know these will turn out! (source)
- Chol said the separation of the two Sudans can be attributed to what he described as the bad policies of the northern government. (source)
- KING: Republicans acknowledge Democrats probably have enough votes, but say there's still time to block what they call a bad bill. (source)
- His mother, 57-year-old Peggy Edenfield was arrested next for giving police what they call bad leads about where the child was buried. (source)
- His mother, 57-year-old Peggy Edenfield, was arrested next for giving police what they call bad leads about where the child was buried. (source)
- His mother, 57-year-old Peggy Edenfield, was arrested next for giving police what they called bad leads about where the child was buried. (source)
- Gorbachev criticized the United Russia party led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, which he described as a bad copy of the Soviet Communist Party. (source)
- I'm a bad lot, I know -- well, an idle lot -- I don't think I am a _bad_ lot -- But it's no good your preaching to me while Betty's sticking pins into me like this. (source)
- However brilliant the talents of a writer may be, yet, if a book has a tendency to produce a bad effect upon the moral habits of the mind, that book is a _bad_ book. (source)
- ANDERSON: You know, in the interview with "In Touch," Kevin claims that he didn ` t deserve what he calls the bad guy reputation that he had when he was married to Britney. (source)
- Still it is not exactly a bad governing purpose that we find, when we look for the seat of our disorder, but a something rather which we call a bad mind, state, or disposition. (source)
- You can ttack the man for what you call a bad film, but it clearly takes balls to dare to bring him back, with all this passion and rage about something not being how you like it. (source)
- "I ain't so _very_ bad off," one would say, "but that little fellow over yonder needs it _bad_; he's _powerful weak_, and he's been studying about buttermilk ever since he came in." (source)
- Kaine will also attack the president on these Republican ethics scandals, and also on what he calls bad management by the federal government that has slowed Katrina recovery efforts. (source)
- We'd better straighten up and act like grownups, and I mean soon, or somethin 'bad is gonna happen, and its not going to discriminate between Red and Blue when it comes to dealin' out the big hurt. (source)
- Speaking on Belgium's VRT network, Leterme did not want to use the label "bad bank" to describe where the toxic assets may be parked, and voiced his hope that in the long-term they could earn "good money." (source)
- Public-choice says: the problem of bad motives is by virtue of the "symmetry assumption," mind you--not as a matter of evidence *so bad* that we need constitutional remedies, not merely the election of honest public servants. (source)
- Borers, and Mr. Graham Anderson, who has had a very large and disagreeable experience of the effects of bad caste trees, informs me that he has "seen worse Borer under dense _bad_ caste shade than in open places in good soil on northern slopes." (source)
- I guess if catching bin Laden is a bad thing, then okay, I guess that is bad, but what I call bad is not having the courage to stand up to a dictator who isn't supported by 75% of his own country just because we have a political arrangement setup by the Bush clan. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 73.0, which suggests that "bad" is a fairly easy word that is likely to be understood by a majority of English-speaking individuals.
We have 49 synonyms for bad.
abominable, amiss, atrocious, awful, bad news, beastly, blah, bottom out, bummer, careless, cheap, cheesy, crappy, cruddy, crummy, defective, deficient, diddly, dissatisfactory, downer, dreadful, erroneous, fallacious, faulty, garbage, godawful, grody, gross, grungy, icky, imperfect, inadequate, incorrect, inferior, junky, lousy, not good, off, poor, raunchy, rough, sad, slipshod, stinking, substandard, synthetic, the pits, unacceptable, unsatisfactory
We have 23 antonyms for bad.
OK, advantageous, beneficial, benevolent, fortunate, good, great, happy, honest, just, lucky, pleasing, profitable, reputable, right, sophisticated, superior, true, undecayed, upright, virtuous, wonderful, worthy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of bad from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Not achieving an adequate standard; poor: a bad concert.
- (adjective) Evil; sinful.
- (adjective) Vulgar or obscene: bad language.
- (adjective) Informal Disobedient or naughty: bad children.
- (adjective) Disagreeable, unpleasant, or disturbing: a bad piece of news.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Not good; unfavorable; negative.
- (adjective) Seemingly non-appropriate, in manners, etc.
- (adjective) Not suitable or fitting.
- (adjective) Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.
- (adjective) Evil; wicked.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Evil; ill; vicious; wicked; depraved: applied to persons, conduct, character, influence, etc.: as, a bad man; bad conduct; a bad life; a bad heart; bad influence, etc.
- (None) Offensive; disagreeable; troublesome; painful; grievous: as, bad treatment; a bad temper; it is too bad that you had to wait so long.
- (None) Hurtful; noxious; having an injurious or unfavorable tendency or effect: with for: as, bad air or bad food; late hours are bad for the health; this step would be bad for your reputation or prospects.
- (None) Ill; in ill health; sick; in unsound condition: as, to feel bad; to be bad with rheumatism; a bad hand or leg.
- (None) Not good; defective; worthless; poor; of no value: as, bad coin; bad debts; a bad soil; a bad crop; a bad piece of work; bad health.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
- (adverb) with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')
- (adjective) having undesirable or negative qualities
- (adjective) physically unsound or diseased
- (adjective) capable of harming