a person who is bad, dishonest, or unreliable; a good-for-nothing:
a bad egg who had served several years in prison.
The dumpy one is Waddy Walsh, the bad egg, who was sent to the reform school three years ago.
The Outdoor Chums on the Lake Quincy Allen
There are fourteen hens, and never do I find a bad egg in the nests.
Abbe Mouret’s Transgression Emile Zola
“Neither can a bad egg,” said Glen, who was trying to make an omelet.
Raftmates Kirk Munroe
He is full of practical jokes, and is a bad egg on general principles.
Peck’s Sunshine George W. Peck
They had him in the office, but he was considered a bad egg altogether, always flying off to race meetings and coming home drunk.
A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
He was always a bad egg; always a disgrace to his name and connections.
Cleek, the Master Detective Thomas W. Hanshew
Carlsen’s a bad egg an’, w’en he hatches, you’ll see a buzzard.
A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
He’s a bad egg, but he wasn’t made to throw at a pardner’s head.
The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
Chloride of Lime … bad smell … bad egg … white of egg … fowl … grain … flour … flour and water … milk fluid … milk.
Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
I tell you, Mr. Sumner, he is a bad egg, and he ought to be discharged.
The Missing Tin Box Arthur M. Winfield
a corrupt or evil person, cf. good egg
See good egg
A villain, criminal, or other deplorable person; bad actor, baddie (1855+)
An individual who turns out to be rotten, as in You can’t trust him—he’s simply a bad egg . Although egg had been used for various kinds of person (young, good, bad) since Shakespeare’s day, this transfer of a seemingly wholesome food that, when opened, turns out to be rotten took place only in the mid-1800s. An early definition appeared in The Atheneum of 1864: “A bad egg … a fellow who had not proved to be as good as his promise.” In contrast, the schoolyard saying Last one in is a rotten egg does not have any special significance other than as a way of urging others to join an activity, jump in the water, or the like. Also see good egg
- Bad faith
lack of honesty and trust: Bad faith on the part of both negotiators doomed the talks from the outset. Contemporary Examples It’s the same old story: congressional (and largely though not wholly Republican) bad faith. Should a New York Times Columnist Know What She’s Talking About? Michael Tomasky April 30, 2013 Nor do the statements […]
- Bad godesberg
official name of Godesberg. Contemporary Examples A breakfast meeting was arranged between Haydn and members of the court orchestra at Bad Godesberg, close to Bonn. Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer John Suchet January 25, 2014 noun the official name for Godesberg
- Bad guy
bad guy noun Someone or something that is bad, esp a movie, television, or sports villain A criminal or other habitually reprehensible person; bad man (1930s+ Motion pictures) noun phrase A villain; a desperado: supposed to pick up a vehicle containing a suitcase full of cash this morning from a ”bad guy” (mid-1800s+ Western) Contemporary […]
- Bad hair day
a disagreeable or unpleasant day, especially one during which one feels unattractive. noun (informal) a day on which one’s hair is untidy and unmanageable a day of mishaps and general irritation noun a day when one cannot get a hairstyle to look good; by extension, a day on which everything seems to go wrong noun […]