I UK [bæd] / US adjective
Word forms "bad":
adjective bad comparative worse UK [wɜː(r)s] / US [wɜrs] superlative worst UK [wɜː(r)st] / US [wɜrst]
1) not pleasant or enjoyable

The weather was really bad – it rained all week.

She was feeling stressed after a bad day at work.

I'm afraid I have some bad news for you.

a bad dream

For people living alone, Christmas is often the worst time of the year.

2) likely to cause major problems

a bad accident/mistake/case of flu

Police used tear gas, but that just made the situation worse.

It was the worst scandal of the Clinton presidency.

go from bad to worse:

In the second half of the game, things went from bad to worse.

a) likely to harm your health or your body

a bad diet

bad for:

Too much salt can be bad for your heart.

b) likely to damage your success or people's opinion of you

The show got a really bad review in the Sunday paper.

Worried about bad publicity, the drug companies agreed to reduce their prices.

bad for:

They are trying to develop tourism, but high crime rates are bad for business.

a) of very low quality

one of this year's worst films

bad management/workmanship

The show was so bad they took it off after two episodes.

b) not at all skilful

a bad driver/teacher

bad at (doing) something:

I'm really bad at remembering people's names.

a) not appropriate or convenient

a bad decision

You've been given bad advice.

I can come back later if this is a bad time for you.

b) not fair, acceptable, or reasonable

a bad way to treat your customers

It's bad that you have to wait so long for an appointment.

5) used about a part of your body that is causing you pain or is not working well

a bad back/leg/stomach

You shouldn't try these exercises if you have a bad heart.

a) behaving in a cruel, evil, or criminal way

He's not a bad man, just very weak.

b) used about children who do not behave well or obey adults
7) no longer fresh or good to eat or drink

This milk smells bad.

go bad:

It will go bad if you don't put it in the refrigerator.

8) spoken

Word forms "bad":
comparative badder superlative baddest good. This word is used mainly by young people.

feel bad (about something) — to feel guilty or unhappy about something

Tim felt bad about leaving without saying goodbye.

II UK [bæd] / US noun
III UK [bæd] / US adverb
Word forms "bad":
comparative worse superlative worst spoken
badly. Many people consider this use incorrect

It hurts real bad when I run.

English dictionary. 2014.

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