Bad vs. Badly

By Jaxson

  • Bad (adjective)

    Unfavorable; negative; not good.

    “You have bad credit.”

    “The weather looks pretty bad right now.”

    “Don’t talk to him; he’s in a bad mood.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Not suitable or fitting.

    “Do you think it is a bad idea to confront him directly?”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Not appropriate, of manners etc.

    “It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Unhealthy; liable to cause health problems.

    “Lard is bad for you. Smoking is bad for you, too. Grapes are bad for dogs but not for humans.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Sickly, unhealthy, unwell.

    “Joe’s in a bad way; he can’t even get out of bed.”

    “I went to the hospital to see how my grandfather was doing. Unfortunately, he’s in a bad state.”

    “I’ve had a bad back since the accident.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.

    “Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Evil; wicked.

    “Be careful. There are bad people in the world.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Faulty; not functional.

    “I had a bad headlight.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    , rotten, overripe.

    “These apples have gone bad.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    ; foul.

    “Bad breath is not pleasant for anyone.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    False; counterfeit; illegitimate.

    “They were caught trying to pass bad coinage.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Unskilled; of limited ability; not good.

    “I’m pretty bad at speaking French.”

    “He’s a bad gardener; everything he tries to grow ends up dying.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Of poor physical appearance.

    “I look really bad whenever I get less than seven hours of sleep.”

    “I don’t look bad in this dress, do I?”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Bold and daring.

  • Bad (adjective)

    Good; superlative.

  • Bad (adjective)

    Severe, urgent.

    “He is in bad need of a haircut.”

  • Bad (adjective)

    Overly promiscuous, licentious.

  • Bad (adjective)


    “You is SIC bad, man!”

  • Bad (adverb)


    “I didn’t do too bad in the last exam.”

  • Bad (noun)

    Error, mistake.

    “Sorry, my bad!”

  • Bad (noun)

    An item (or kind of item) of merchandise with negative value; an unwanted good.

  • Bad (verb)

    form of Alternative past tense|bid. See bade.

  • Bad (verb)

    To shell (a walnut).

  • Badly (adverb)

    In a bad manner.

  • Badly (adverb)

    Very much; to a great degree.

    “I want it so badly.”

  • Badly (adjective)

    Ill, unwell.

    “He’s never badly.”


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