What does Badass mean?

A slang reference to a very cool person, usually exceptionally tough and rugged.


Other definitions of Badass:

  • A term for a smooth, cool-headed person that gets it done. Originated in the 1950's, when "bad" started meaning "good".
  • A cool mother-f-er who doesn't back down.
  • A very cool person. Bad means cool here, and ass is employed much like it would be in "smart-ass".

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How to use the term

  • What a badass.

  • I know you're trying to be badass, but could you tone it down.

  • In the third act, when the dude jumped off the plan and onto that car to chase the bad guy, that was super badass.


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