Definition of bad breath in US English:

bad breath


  • Unpleasant-smelling breath; halitosis.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scientists have linked its presence to a higher risk of gum disease, bad breath and stomach cancer.’
    • ‘Your gums may also be red and swollen and you may have bad breath and an unpleasant or metallic taste in your mouth.’
    • ‘And as if diseased teeth and gums aren't bad enough, the problem more obviously manifests itself as halitosis, bad breath.’
    • ‘Because a parched mouth can contribute to bad breath, drink four to six glasses of water or unsweetened herbal teas throughout the day.’
    • ‘We must be endlessly alert to avoid yellowing teeth, body odours, bad breath, baggy eyes, lank hair, grey hair or body hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A dentist told a reader with bad breath that a stomach infection could be the cause.’
    • ‘Some are mild ones like snoring, bad breath, a nasal-sounding voice and a runny nose.’
    • ‘Add to this stained teeth, bad breath, red eyes, lank hair, discoloured fingers and erectile dysfunction, and the list grows alarming.’
    • ‘Breath mints and mouth sprays don't get rid of bad breath - they only cover up the smell.’
    • ‘If bad breath persists, it would be wise to consult your health practitioner.’
    • ‘Other common causes of bad breath are hunger, dry mouth, and strong foods like garlic and onions.’


bad breath

/ˌbad ˈbreTH//ˌbæd ˈbrɛθ/