100 Ways to Say “Bad”



Bad isn’t a bad word, but it’s a little bland and generic. Most of the time, there are better options. Below, I list 100 alternatives. Keep in mind, however, that not all are synonymous. Each has its own definition and connotations. You shouldn’t just plug any of them into any sentence you like. To make it easier, I’ve linked each word to its definition at Merriam-Webster.com.

If you like these, check out my other similar lists:

100 Ways to Say “Said”

250 Ways to Say “Went”

100 Ways to Say “Good”

100 Ways to Say “Great!”


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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com. One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

  1. kaleigh oberg
    kaleigh oberg03-16-2016

    Hi i’m in 5th grade and i am doing a latin roots paper so i was wanting to know ways to say bad and i found your website thank you!

  2. Bill Jackson
    Bill Jackson04-11-2015

    Please excuse my ignorence, but could someone please tell me the different names for stories , also how many words make up the following : Novel, Novelett, Flash Fiction, epic. I know i have missed some, could you please help me with this?
    Thank you

  3. Carmen Peone
    Carmen Peone03-02-2014

    Splendid resources. I love this, tags and 250 went posts. Thank you!

  4. Tracy Dixon
    Tracy Dixon02-03-2014

    Hi there

    Is there a way to print just these posters? If I print this page it comes out over 14 pages! Would love to be able to print it as one page so I can stick it up on the wall!

  5. susan bumbera
    susan bumbera01-06-2014

    cantankareous…something I remembered from school…all too well…

  6. Merri Larsen
    Merri Larsen01-01-2014

    Splendid resource!

  7. Sandy

    Love these ways-to-say posters! Thank you!

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