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"Bad" is an adjective which is often translated as "malo", and "defective" is an adjective which is often translated as "defectuoso". Learn more about the difference between "bad" and "defective" below.
bad(
bahd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of poor quality)
a. malo
I can't believe I wasted my time on such a bad movie!¡No puedo creer que perdí mi tiempo viendo una película tan mala!
2. (harmful)
a. malo
Drinking alcohol is bad for your health.Beber alcohol es malo para tu salud.
3. (unpleasant)
a. malo
I had a bad day at work today.Hoy tuve un día malo en el trabajo.
4. (unfavorable)
a. malo
I'm afraid this is a bad time, come back later.Me temo que este es un mal momento, vuelva luego.
5. (wicked)
a. malo
That boyfriend of yours was a bad person.Aquel novio tuyo era una mala persona.
6. (severe)
a. fuerte
I had such a bad headache that I had to stay at home.Tenía un dolor de cabeza tan fuerte que tuve que quedarme en casa.
b. grave
He was shot, and his wound is bad.Le dispararon y la herida es grave.
7. (rotten)
a. podrido
Don't eat that tomato, it's gone bad.No te comas ese tomate, está podrido.
8. (guilty)
a. mal
I feel bad for not having remembered our wedding anniversary.Me siento mal por no haberme acordado de nuestro aniversario de boda.
9. (afflicted)
a. malo
My dad has a bad back and cannot lift heavy objects.Mi papá tiene la espalda mala y no puede levantar objetos pesados.
10. (finance)
a. sin fondos
I knew it was a bad check when it was returned by the bank.Supe que era un cheque sin fondos cuando el banco me lo devolvió.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (evil)
a. lo malo
You have to take the bad with the good in this situation.Tienes que aceptar lo bueno y lo malo en esta situación.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(for emphasis)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I love you so bad that it hurts.Te quiero tanto que duele.
It's so hot out. I need some water real bad.Hace tanto calor afuera. Estoy desesperado por un poco de agua.
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defective
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not working properly)
a. defectuoso
I'd like to return this microwave. It's defective.Me gustaría devolver este microondas. Es defectuoso.
2. (linguistics)
a. defectivo
The past tense of "must" would be "had to", because "must" is a defective verb.La forma en pasado de "must" sería "had to" porque "must" es un verbo defectivo.
3.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(having an intellectual disability)
a. el deficiente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la deficiente
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(noun)
My boss told me I was mentally defective. - Wow. That's really inappropriate.Mi jefe me dijo que era un deficiente mental. - Vaya. Eso es muy poco apropiado.
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