bad sort

bad sort

An aggressive, mean-spirited, dangerous, or generally unpleasant person. I wouldn't get involved with him, he's known to be a bad sort.
See also: bad, sort

bad sort, a

An unpleasant, mean person, as in We cautioned Bill about his friend, who was clearly a bad sort. The antonym is a good sort, a pleasant, kind person, as in She's a good sort, always helping her neighbors. The latter is stronger than not a bad sort, as in He seems ill-tempered now and then, but he's not a bad sort. All three terms use a sort in the sense of "kind of person." [Second half of 1800s]
See also: bad
References in classic literature ?
Jane Ann's man ain't such a bad sort, nuther, though he's so contrary that he wears his fur coat when the thermometer's at ninety.
Mell was not a bad sort of fellow, but hadn't a sixpence to bless himself with; and that there was no doubt that old Mrs.
Ah, Madame," said D'Artagnan, entering by the door which the young woman opened for him, "allow me to tell you that you have a bad sort of a husband.
Come to think of it, the older Rose wasn't acting like a bad sort.
Miss Scatcherd is hasty--you must take care not to offend her; Madame Pierrot is not a bad sort of person.
she was not a bad sort, and had a great deal to bear.
To get their own bread they must overdose the king's lieges; and that's a bad sort of treason, Mr.
I am aware he is a furious royalist; but, in spite of that, and of his being king's attorney, he is a man like ourselves, and I fancy not a bad sort of one.
He is not a bad sort, after all, that officer gentleman.
The Chancellor is in the pocket of the money lenders and has to do as he is told; otherwise he's bankrupt, and a bad sort of bankruptcy, too, with nothing but cards and actresses behind it.
He can't be such a bad sort if he knew enough to please his mother-in-law by dining with her in her house on Mother's Day.
Apparently, there is good and bad cholesterol and a high level of the bad sort is not good because it can lead to a build up of fatty material that narrows the arteries to the heart.
Berofksy then critiques what he calls conditionalist analyses of freedom, which underlie what he sees as a bad sort of compatibilism, one in the grips of necessitarian metaphysics.
There was no doubt in my mind Black was a bad sort and would end up in trouble.
The blond Gerald Crich, who has been trained in Germany and admires Teutonic efficiency, is seen as an honorary German, of the bad sort.