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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bad boy was in 1860

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“Bad boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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