how to pronounce bad


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bad is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of bad in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… want to go there so bad is it weird that …”

meanings of bad


  1. Not suitable or fitting.
  2. Spoiled, rotten, overripe.
  3. Unfavorable; negative; not good.
  4. Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.
  5. Unskilled; of limited ability; not good.
  6. Unhealthy; liable to cause health problems.
  7. Not covered by funds on account.
  8. Of poor physical appearance.
  9. Sickly, unhealthy, unwell.
  10. Not behaving; behaving badly; misbehaving; mischievous or disobedient.
  11. Faulty; not functional.
  12. Bold and daring.
  13. Good, superlative, excellent, cool.
  14. Overly promiscuous, licentious.
  15. Severe, urgent.
  16. Malodorous; foul.
  17. Not appropriate, of manners etc.
  18. False; counterfeit; illegitimate.
  19. Evil; wicked.


  1. An item (or kind of item) of merchandise with negative value; an unwanted good.
  2. Error, mistake.


  1. Alternative past of bid. See bade.
  2. To shell (a walnut).


  1. Badly.

bad frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word bad occurs in english on average 330.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bad can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bad can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to bad


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