bad boy

noun

Definition of bad boy

: a person who flouts convention a literary bad boy

Examples of bad boy in a Sentence

He has become known as the bad boy of the American television industry.
Recent Examples on the Web But oh my God, there’s never been a badder bad boy or an actor having more fun with something, and Paxton never looked better in anything. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 25 Oct. 2021 In an early episode, the billionaire Cowboys owner started his day off with some sort of breakfast sandwich that looked like a McGriddle and added salt to that bad boy. Matt Young, Chron, 1 Sep. 2021 The incident in early 2017 cemented Morrison’s image as the bad boy of Australia’s long-raging climate debate: a supporter of industry and an opponent of tougher action on global warming. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 No one understands and appreciates fans' love-hate relationship with Ted Lasso's resident bad boy Jamie Tartt than the actor who plays him, Phil Dunster. Kara Warner, PEOPLE.com, 16 Aug. 2021 As Ted Lasso’s resident bad boy, Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) has, perhaps, the most to gain from Ted’s particular brand of coaching. Alicia Lutes, Vulture, 11 Sep. 2021 Timberwolves bad boy Christian Laettner, former Minnesotan bicyclist Greg LeMond and Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss have all been profiled. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 The players are mostly pulling in the same direction, even preening bad boy Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster). Lorraine Ali Television Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 That bad boy weighed in at 1,410 calories per slice. Marc Bona, cleveland, 25 July 2021

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First Known Use of bad boy

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bad boy was in 1860

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19 Nov 2021

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“Bad boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bad%20boy. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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bad boy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bad boy

: a man who says or does things that shock other people especially : a young and successful man who does things in a way that is very different from the usual way

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