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Synonyms of bad



  1. harmful, damaging, dangerous, disastrous, destructive, unhealthy, detrimental, hurtful, ruinous, deleterious, injurious, disadvantageous • Divorce is bad for children.
    opposites: good, sound, safe, beneficial, agreeable, wholesome, healthful
  2. severe, serious, terrible, acute, extreme, intense, painful, distressing, fierce, harsh • The pain is often so bad she wants to scream.
  3. poor, unwise, unsound • Of course politicians will sometimes make bad decisions.
  4. unfavourable, troubling, distressing, unfortunate, grim, discouraging, unpleasant, gloomy, adverse • The closure of the project is bad news for her staff.
  5. inferior, poor, inadequate, pathetic, faulty, duff (British, informal), unsatisfactory, mediocre, defective, second-class, deficient, imperfect, second-rate, shoddy, low-grade, erroneous, substandard, low-rent (informal, mainly US), two-bit (US & Canadian, slang), crappy (slang), end-of-the-pier (British, informal), poxy (slang), dime-a-dozen (informal), piss-poor (slang), bush-league (Australian & New Zealand, informal), tinhorn (US, slang), half-pie (New Zealand, informal), bodger or bodgie (Australian, slang), strictly for the birds (informal) • Many old people in Britain are living in bad housing.
    opposites: fair, adequate, satisfactory
  6. incompetent, poor, useless, crap (slang), incapable, unfit, inexpert • He was a bad driver.
  7. grim, severe, hard, tough, harsh, unpleasant • Being unable to hear doesn't seem as bad as being unable to see.
  8. wicked, criminal, evil, corrupt, worthless, base, vile, immoral, delinquent, sinful, depraved, debased, amoral, egregious, villainous, unprincipled, iniquitous, nefarious, dissolute, maleficent • I was selling drugs, but I didn't think I was a bad person.
    opposites: good, moral, ethical, righteous, virtuous, first-rate
  9. naughty, defiant, perverse, wayward, mischievous, wicked, unruly, impish, undisciplined, roguish, disobedient • You are a bad boy for repeating what I told you.
    opposites: good, obedient, well-behaved, docile, biddable
  10. foul, irritable, grotty • She is in a bit of a bad mood because she's just given up smoking.
  11. guilty, sorry, ashamed, apologetic, rueful, sheepish, contrite, remorseful, regretful, shamefaced, conscience-stricken, low, troubled, discouraged, melancholy • You don't have to feel bad about relaxing.
  12. injured, damaged, diseased, hurt, sick, weak, disabled, ailing, lame, unhealthy, dicky (British, informal) • He has a bad back so we have a hard bed.
  13. rotten, off, rank, sour, rancid, mouldy, fetid, putrid, festy (Australian, slang) • They bought so much beef that some went bad.
  14. offensive, nasty, insulting, disgusting, crude, rude, abusive, coarse, indecent, unsavoury, objectionable, uncouth, impolite, discourteous, indelicate, uncivil, indecorous • I don't like to hear bad language in the street.
  15. null and void, false, fake, bogus, worthless, dud, counterfeit, null, not binding, fallacious • She wrote another bad cheque.



  1. attempt, try, effort, venture, undertaking, go (informal), shot (informal), stab (informal), crack (informal), endeavour • a bid to silence its critics
  2. offer, price, attempt, amount, advance, proposal, sum, tender, proposition, submission • He made an agreed takeover bid of £351 million.


  1. make a bid for, attempt, seek, strive • I don't think she is bidding to be Prime Minister again.
  2. make an offer, offer, propose, put up, submit, tender, proffer • She wanted to bid for it.
  3. wish, say, call, tell, greet • I bade her goodnight.
  4. tell, call, ask, order, charge, require, direct, desire, invite, command, summon, instruct, solicit, enjoin • I dare say he did as he was bidden.

'bad' in Other Languages

  • British English: badPronunciation for bad Something that is bad is not nice or good.The weather is bad today.bæd ADJECTIVEunpleasant
  • Arabic: سَيِّءPronunciation for سَيِّء
  • Brazilian Portuguese: mauPronunciation for mau
  • Chinese: 劣质的Pronunciation for 劣质的
  • Croatian: lošPronunciation for loš loša
  • Czech: špatnýPronunciation for špatný
  • Danish: dårligPronunciation for dårlig
  • Dutch: slechtPronunciation for slecht
  • European Spanish: maloPronunciation for malo mala
  • Finnish: huonoPronunciation for huono
  • French: mauvaisPronunciation for mauvais
  • German: schlechtPronunciation for schlecht
  • Greek: κακόςPronunciation for κακός κακή
  • Italian: cattivoPronunciation for cattivo cattiva
  • Japanese: 悪いPronunciation for 悪い
  • Korean: 나쁜Pronunciation for 나쁜
  • Norwegian: dårligPronunciation for dårlig
  • Polish: złyPronunciation for zły złaniedobry
  • Portuguese: mauPronunciation for mau
  • Romanian: rău rău, rea, răi, rele
  • Russian: плохойPronunciation for плохой плохая
  • Spanish: maloPronunciation for malo mala
  • Swedish: dåligPronunciation for dålig dåligt
  • Thai: เลวPronunciation for เลว
  • Turkish: kötüPronunciation for kötü
  • Ukrainian: поганий
  • Vietnamese: tồiPronunciation for tồi
  • British English: badbæd Someone who is bad does things they should not do.I'm not a bad person. ADJECTIVEwicked
  • Arabic: رَدِيء
  • Brazilian Portuguese: mau
  • Chinese: 坏的
  • Croatian: loš
  • Czech: zlobivý
  • Danish: slem
  • Dutch: slecht
  • European Spanish: malo
  • Finnish: paha
  • French: mauvais
  • German: schlecht
  • Greek: κακός κακιά
  • Italian: cattivo cattiva
  • Japanese: 悪い
  • Korean: 안 좋은
  • Norwegian: slem
  • Polish: zły zła
  • Portuguese: mau
  • Romanian: rău rău, rea, răi, rele
  • Russian: плохой
  • Spanish: malo mala
  • Swedish: dålig dåligt
  • Thai: เลว
  • Turkish: kötü
  • Ukrainian: шкідливий
  • Vietnamese: xấu


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