Definition of bad breath in US English:

bad breath


  • Unpleasant-smelling breath; halitosis.

    • ‘It's not a good idea to stop all your bad habits on the Friday evening, as that will only lead to withdrawal headaches, spots and bad breath as all your toxins rush for the exit at once.’
    • ‘Scientists have linked its presence to a higher risk of gum disease, bad breath and stomach cancer.’
    • ‘Some are mild ones like snoring, bad breath, a nasal-sounding voice and a runny nose.’
    • ‘Well as it turned out, one of the symptoms of steroid abuse is bad breath.’
    • ‘Occasionally bad breath is the sign of some underlying illness, but that is uncommon.’
    • ‘Breath mints and mouth sprays don't get rid of bad breath - they only cover up the smell.’
    • ‘So don't despair if you have bad breath, a slight hunch, one leg longer than the other, no personality and dandruff, there is a woman for you somewhere in this wide wide world.’
    • ‘Other common causes of bad breath are hunger, dry mouth, and strong foods like garlic and onions.’
    • ‘Your gums may also be red and swollen and you may have bad breath and an unpleasant or metallic taste in your mouth.’
    • ‘We must be endlessly alert to avoid yellowing teeth, body odours, bad breath, baggy eyes, lank hair, grey hair or body hair.’
    • ‘Because a parched mouth can contribute to bad breath, drink four to six glasses of water or unsweetened herbal teas throughout the day.’
    • ‘And as if diseased teeth and gums aren't bad enough, the problem more obviously manifests itself as halitosis, bad breath.’
    • ‘Add to this stained teeth, bad breath, red eyes, lank hair, discoloured fingers and erectile dysfunction, and the list grows alarming.’
    • ‘If bad breath persists, it would be wise to consult your health practitioner.’
    • ‘At the university where I work, four or five people in the dental faculty have bad breath!’
    • ‘Perhaps a large slab of strong cheese before I go to bed may help (at the expense of high cholesterol and chronic bad breath of course).’
    • ‘There was no shortage of eager buyers, twelve and thirteen-year-olds showing off how hard and grown up they were by giving themselves bad breath and lung cancer.’
    • ‘He constantly has bad breath along with what seems to be a gum infection.’
    • ‘A dentist told a reader with bad breath that a stomach infection could be the cause.’
    • ‘It is also possible that on one of these low-carb diets you may experience bad breath, constipation and a certain amount of hair loss.’


bad breath

/ˌbæd ˈbrɛθ//ˌbad ˈbreTH/