Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Spanish translation of “bad”

bad

adjective /bӕd/ (comparative worse /wəːs/, superlative worst /wəːst/)
not good; not efficient
malo
He is a bad driver His eyesight is bad He is bad at remembering birthdays and anniversaries.
wicked; immoral
malo
a bad man He has done some bad things.
unpleasant
malo
bad news.
rotten
malo, podrido, pasado
This meat is bad.
causing harm or injury
malo, perjudicial, nocivo, pernicioso
Smoking is bad for your health.
(of a part of the body) painful, or in a weak state
que duele; enfermo
She has a bad heart I have a bad head (= headache) today.
unwell
mal
I am feeling quite bad today.
serious or severe a bad accident a bad mistake. (of a debt) not likely to be paid
incobrable
The firm loses money every year from bad debts.
baddie noun (plural baddies) ( baddy) (British, informal ) a character in a film, play, or book who is bad; bad guy (American, informal)
Malo / Villano
At the end of the film, the baddies are arrested and put in prison.
badly adverb (comparative worse, superlative worst) not well, efficiently or satisfactorily
mal
She plays tennis very badly.
to a serious or severe extent
seriamente, desesperadamente; muy
He badly needs a haircut This dress is badly stained.
badness noun
maldad
The badness of the weather contributed to his unhappiness.
badly off adjective not having much especially money
andar mal de dinero, estar en un período de escasez/de vacas flacas
We can’t afford to buy a new car – we are too badly off.
bad guy noun (American, informal ) a character in a film, play, or book who is bad; baddie (British informal)
Malo / Villano
At the end of the film, the bad guys are arrested and put in prison.
bad hair day noun (informal) a day on which you cannot get your hair to look right, and therefore you feel unattractive.
Día Feo
(informal) a day when everything seems to go wrong
Mal día
You seem to be having a bad hair day!
bad-tempered adjective (of a person) who becomes angry very easily
Malhumorado
He’s a bad-tempered old man who doesn’t have a good word for anyone.
feel bad (about something) to feel upset or ashamed about something
sentirse mal, sentir vergüenza, tener remordimientos
I feel bad about forgetting to call you.
go from bad to worse to get into an even worse condition etc than before
ir de mal en peor
Things are going from bad to worse for the company – not only are we losing money, but there’s going to be a strike as well.
not bad quite good
nada mal
’Is she a good swimmer?’ ’She’s not bad.’
too bad unfortunate
pena
It’s too bad that he couldn’t get a ticket for the concert.
(Definition of bad from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “bad” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shadow

an area of darkness, caused by light being blocked by something

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More