Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

bad - thesaurus entry

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

adjective
  1. 1
    not pleasant or enjoyable

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

  2. 2
    likely to cause major problems

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

    1. a.
      likely to harm your health or your body

      American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

  3. 3
    of very low quality

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

  4. 4
    not appropriate or convenient

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

    1. a.
      not fair, acceptable, or reasonable

      American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

  5. 6
    behaving in a cruel, evil, or criminal way

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

  6. 7
    no longer fresh or good to eat or drink

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

  7. 8
    comparative badder
    superlative baddest
    spoken good. This word is used mainly by young people.

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of bad

phrases

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog