bad boy


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.

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Spain will boast a veteran squad including David Silva (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) and Champions League bad boy Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid). Motez Bishara, CNN, "World Cup: Is Russia 2018 the last chance for Messi and Ronaldo?," 13 June 2018 Food challenge-lovers, try eating two feet of this bad boy. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sandwich making is a science at Walt's Sandwich Place in Wauwatosa," 17 May 2018 To win Krystal's heart, Taylor decides to embrace his inner bad boy. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Rosario Dawson is an object of teenage affection in romantic comedy 'Krystal'," 4 Apr. 2018 His edges may be tougher than some of his country singing peers, but his bad boy apathy was synonymous with rudeness. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 10: Kip Moore, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Phantogram & more," 7 July 2018 Just listing off the ingredients of these bad boys — half turkey, half Italian, both hoagies smothered in oils, onions, meats, veggies, and cheese galore — is enough to make many mouths water. Kristin Balderas,, "How the giant free hoagie from Wawa Hoagie Day gets made," 28 June 2018 The clip also shows Tess eavesdropping on a heated argument between her new mentor, Simone, and her bad boy crush, Jake. Olivia Harrison,, "The Wine You Should Drink With The Sweetbitter Season Finale," 8 June 2018 Lyft has never been short on whimsy (RIP, pink mustaches) or feel good vibes, especially when compared to Uber, which for years embraced a bad boy reputation. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Lyft Redesigns Its App—and Strategy—for the Age of Sharing," 7 June 2018 If Anthony Bourdain is the culinary industry's resident bad boy and Gordon Ramsay is every cook's harshest critic, then Guy Fieri is the food world's fun uncle. Olivia Harrison,, "Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of bad boy

1860, in the meaning defined above

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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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