Bad vs. Poor

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  • 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).

  • Poor (adjective)

    With little or no possessions or money, particularly in relation to contemporaries who do have them.

    "We were so poor that we couldn't afford shoes."

  • Poor (adjective)

    Of low quality.

    "That was a poor performance."

  • Poor (adjective)

    Used to express pity.

    "Oh you poor little thing."

  • Poor (adjective)

    Deficient in a specified way.

    "Cow's milk is poor in iron."

  • Poor (adjective)

    Inadequate, insufficient.

    "I received a poor reward for all my hard work."

  • Poor (adjective)

    Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.

  • Poor (noun)

    Those who have little or no possessions or money, taken as a group.

    "The poor are always with us."

  • Bad


  • Bad (adjective)

    Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; - the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad air; bad health; a bad crop; bad news.

  • Poor (adjective)

    Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent.

  • Poor (adjective)

    So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.

  • Poor (adjective)

    Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected

  • Poor (adjective)

    Worthy of pity or sympathy; - used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt.

  • Poor (adjective)

    Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.

  • Poor (noun)

    A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); - called also power cod.

Webster Dictionary
  • Bad (noun)

    that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency;

    "take the bad with the good"

  • Bad (adjective)

    having undesirable or negative qualities;

    "a bad report card"

    "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"

    "a bad little boy"

    "clothes in bad shape"

    "a bad cut"

    "bad luck"

    "the news was very bad"

    "the reviews were bad"

    "the pay is bad"

    "it was a bad light for reading"

    "the movie was a bad choice"

  • Bad (adjective)

    very intense;

    "a bad headache"

    "in a big rage"

    "had a big (or bad) shock"

    "a bad earthquake"

    "a bad storm"

  • Bad (adjective)

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad');

    "my throat feels bad"

    "she felt bad all over"

    "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

  • Bad (adjective)

    (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition;

    "bad meat"

    "a refrigerator full of spoilt food"

  • Bad (adjective)

    not capable of being collected;

    "a bad (or uncollectible) debt"

  • Bad (adjective)

    below average in quality or performance;

    "a bad chess player"

    "a bad recital"

  • Bad (adjective)


    "so-called bad grammar"

  • Bad (adjective)

    not financially safe or secure;

    "a bad investment"

    "high risk investments"

    "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"

    "speculative business enterprises"

  • Bad (adjective)

    physically unsound or diseased;

    "has a bad back"

    "a bad heart"

    "bad teeth"

    "an unsound limb"

    "unsound teeth"

  • Bad (adjective)

    capable of harming;

    "bad habits"

    "bad air"

    "smoking is bad for you"

  • Bad (adjective)

    keenly sorry or regretful;

    "felt bad about letting the team down"

    "was sorry that she had treated him so badly"

    "felt bad about breaking the vase"

  • Bad (adjective)

    characterized by wickedness or immorality;

    "led a very bad life"

  • Bad (adjective)

    reproduced fraudulently;

    "like a bad penny..."

    "a forged twenty dollar bill"

  • Bad (adjective)

    not working properly;

    "a bad telephone connection"

    "a defective appliance"

  • Bad (adverb)

    with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly');

    "the injury hurt badly"

    "the buildings were badly shaken"

    "it hurts bad"

    "we need water bad"

  • Bad (adverb)

    very much; strongly;

    "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"

    "the cables had sagged badly"

    "they were badly in need of help"

    "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"

  • Poor (adjective)

    moderate to inferior in quality;

    "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"

    "he would make a poor spy"

  • Poor (adjective)

    deserving or inciting pity;

    "a hapless victim"

    "miserable victims of war"

    "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"

    "piteous appeals for help"

    "pitiable homeless children"

    "a pitiful fate"

    "Oh, you poor thing"

    "his poor distorted limbs"

    "a wretched life"

  • Poor (adjective)

    having little money or few possessions;

    "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"

    "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"

  • Poor (adjective)

    characterized by or indicating lack of money;

    "the country had a poor economy"

  • Poor (adjective)

    low in degree;

    "expectations were poor"

  • Poor (adjective)

    badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances;

    "a poor land"

    "the area was poor in timber and coal"

    "food poor in nutritive value"

  • Poor (adjective)

    not sufficient to meet a need;

    "an inadequate income"

    "a poor salary"

    "money is short"

    "on short rations"

    "food is in short supply"

    "short on experience"

  • Poor (adjective)


    "a poor light for reading"

    "poor morale"

  • Poor (adjective)

    yielding little by great labor;

    "a hardscrabble farm"

    "poor soil"

Princeton's WordNet

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