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(of a person) difficult to deal with; mean-tempered; touchy.
distinctively tough or powerful; so exceptional as to be intimidating.
a mean-tempered troublemaker.
Contemporary Examples

Oh, and a badass clip of how terrifying the dragons have become.
Watch HBO’s Epic ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Trailer (VIDEO) Kevin Fallon February 9, 2014

“Courtney Ames tries to be badass, she comes to court with a bouncer,” attorney Sean Erenstoft said.
The Burglar Bunch Goes to Court Nicole LaPorte December 1, 2009

President Obama slow jamming the news, and more of his most badass moments.
Obama’s 11 Most Badass Moments (Videos) Brittany Jones-Cooper April 24, 2012

With some maneuvering, he and Tron take over the MCP and kill Sark, proving they’re the most badass guys in the mainframe.
Catch Up on Tron: Watch 6 Key Moments Alex Berg December 15, 2010

He was a good-looking guy with a perfect body covered in badass tattoos.
From G.I. to Eye Candy: War Vet Alex Minsky’s Model Turn Itay Hod March 14, 2014

badass Motherf**ker Samuel L. Jackson has given voice to the audio book version.
Happy F**king Father’s Day Tony Doukopil June 16, 2011

If scrawny little Tutankhamun can do it, a badass like Khufu could probably cause them to spontaneously combust.
Why Do These Russians Hate History So Much? Justin Green March 27, 2013

These may not be badass victories or grand defeats of cinematically grotesque arch-enemies.
From ‘Treme’ to ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ TV’s Women Aren’t Wimps Alyssa Rosenberg November 29, 2012

She is a badass who can take down any opponent that stands in her way, regardless of gender.
Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie Alec Kubas-Meyer October 23, 2014

For a second there, diehard conservatives thought the Texas governor was something of a badass.
Tea Party Unloads on ‘Complete Imbecile’ Rick Perry Olivia Nuzzi September 3, 2014

a tough or aggressive person: the meanest badass in town
tough or aggressive: a badass rock band
excellent: a real badass watch

“tough guy,” 1950s U.S. slang, from bad + ass (n.2).


Difficult to deal with
Excellent; wonderful; rad, slammin’ (1980s+ College)


A belligerent and worthless person; bad actor, bad egg, bum: It’s the badasses who don’t want him back (1950s+)


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