1. (US) an unpleasant, aggressive individual; thus superlative baddest ass n.
|AS XXXI:3 191: A marine who postures toughness is sarcastically labeled a bad ass or hairy-assed marine.‘USMC Sl.’|
|(con. early 1950s) Valhalla 303: You’re a real bad ass.|
|(con. 1950s) Age of Rock 2 (1970) 101: The J.D.’s emerged [...] Badass.‘The Fifties’ in Eisen|
|Flesh and Blood (1978) 47: I’m beginning to look like a bad-ass. I went to the barber and got a crew cut, and it made me look even tougher.|
|Drylongso 232: In heaven, when the deal go down it’s the blackest and the baddest ass that makes the others deuce out.|
|(con. 1968) Reckoning for Kings (1989) 289: Bikers got big hearts, you know? Like we just pretend to be bad asses.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 36: Jealous boyfriends and barroom bad-asses and all the rest.|
|Hey! It’s That Guy! 1989: When you have more than one character on your resume who’s named after a kind of lethal blade, then chances are, you’re a bad-ass.|
2. (US) on bad = good model, a tough, admirable individual; also occas. metonymic for one’s whole body.
|Last Detail 2: Bad-Ass, wake up, it’s way the hell past reveille.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water 57: Dolomite is the ultimate badass: he drinks, fights, and fucks, and in between seems to brag about what he has just done or will do next.|
|(con. 1968) Citadel (1989) 238: Glad to find out the badass was still alive.|
|Muscle for the Wing 132: He occupied an exalted spot against the wall, surrounded by lesser badasses.|
|Homeboy 95: He obliged the ironbarred gallery with the Homeric ballad of that badass Dolomite.|
|Dreamcatcher 9: You want to hurry your bad ass back.|
|Pound for Pound 120: Everyone would know he was a badass.|
|Running the Books 4: A book-slinger with a badge and a streetwise attitude, part bookworm, part badass.|
|The Force [ebook] They’re badasses [...] always ready to go, ready to dance, just for the fuck of it.|
3. (US black) an untrustworthy male.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 148: A number of terms were used to characterize the young man who could not be trusted [...] bad-ass, no-account nigger.|
|Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) 230: Got seven or eight former badasses in there with broken ribs.|
the qualities implicit in sense 2.
|in Assembly on Literature for Adolescents Rev. 30-31 210/2: I can SEE myself getting dragged into a whole heap of BADASSery.|
|Spin Dec. 118: The Donnas’ Grease-lubed vision of badassery — dressing trashy, talking dirty, and putting out .|
|Weather Man [ebook] I still had a little badassery to my look. I mean, come on. I’m Dan Fucking Weatherly. I’m badassery personified, costume party or not.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 1: BADASSERY — qualities of a bad ass, i.e., skilled, stylish, cool: ‘Marcus Paige’s basket at the buzzer was badassery at its height.’.|