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'bad' - used as an adjective
Synonyms for 'bad'
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
2. very intense
a bad headache
had a bad shock
a bad earthquake
a bad storm
3. feeling physical discomfort or pain ('tough' is occasionally used colloquially for 'bad')
my throat feels bad
she felt bad all over
4. (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
bad meat
5. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
he felt bad about breaking the vase
6. not capable of being collected
a bad debt
7. below average in quality or performance
a bad chess player
a bad recital
8. nonstandard
so-called bad grammar
9. not financially safe or secure
a bad investment
10. physically unsound or diseased
has a bad back
a bad heart
bad teeth
11. capable of harming
bad habits
bad air
smoking is bad for you
12. characterized by wickedness or immorality
led a very bad life
13. reproduced fraudulently
like a bad penny...
14. not working properly
a bad telephone connection

'bad' - used as a adverb
15. with great intensity ('bad' is a nonstandard variant for 'badly')
it hurts bad
we need water bad
16. very much; strongly
he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it

'bad' - used as a noun
17. that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
take the bad with the good

derived forms
1. Bad / Plural
2. Bad / Comparitive
3. Bad / Superlative
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