Peck's bad boy


: one whose bad behavior is a source of embarrassment or annoyance

Word History


from the book Peck's Bad Boy and his Pa (1883) by George Wilbur Peck †1916 American journalist, humorist, and politician

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Peck's bad boy was in 1883

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“Peck's bad boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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