bad actor

noun

Definition of bad actor

: an unruly, turbulent, or contentious individual : troublemaker Nick's horse was a notorious bad actor, a kicker— D. M. Mankiewicz the boy became a bad actor early and ended in reform school

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First Known Use of bad actor

1901, in the meaning defined above

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