Definition of bad noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bæd//
; NAmE NAmE//bæd//
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  • the bad [uncountable] bad people, things, or events You will always have the bad as well as the good in the world.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: perhaps from Old English bǣddel ‘hermaphrodite, womanish man’.Idioms (North American English, informal) used when you are admitting that something is your fault or that you have made a mistake I'm sorry—my bad. That was my bad. (old-fashioned) to begin behaving in an immoral way I hate to see you going to the bad.
    take the bad with the good
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    to accept the bad aspects of something as well as the good ones
    (British English) used to say that somebody now has a particular amount less money than they did before After the sale they were £300 to the bad.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bad