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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Diners have traveled far and wide for these bad boys, made by owner Dinah Grossman and her team, but neighbors are just as likely to swing through for a slice of thick, cloud-like quiche or steaming pot pie. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Brunch in Chicago," 3 Mar. 2018 Price-wise, one of these bad boys will cost you $119. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This 'Christmas Vacation' Inflatable Is Way Better Than a Jelly of the Month Club Certificate," 29 Nov. 2018 There have been hints that amyloids weren’t the toxic bad boys solely responsible for the destruction of vital brain circuits. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The bad boy of cooking first came on the scene with a huge splash thanks to his best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000). Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Anthony Bourdain Posthumously Nominated for 'Parts Unknown'," 12 July 2018 FX Michael Langdon, the breakout character of American Horror Story’s eighth season, Apocalypse, is proof of the enduring appeal of bad boys. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "American Horror Story fans are dressing like the show’s seductive Antichrist," 24 Oct. 2018 So how was Taeyong able to manage the transition from bad boy to soft boy in just a couple months? Devon Abelman, Allure, "Taeyong of NCT Opens Up to Allure About the Importance of Hair and Makeup in K-Pop," 16 May 2018 Derbez could have possibly worked across from a stronger female lead, or Faris should have been in the Goldie Hawn role (with, perhaps, her ex-husband, doofy bad boy Chris Pratt in the Kurt Russell role). Katie Walsh,, "Miscast 'Overboard' remake retains much of original's sexism," 3 May 2018 Yet Zabka says grown-up Johnny is almost a different character than his love-to-hate Karate Kid bad boy. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Cobra Kai' rekindles the 34-year-old feud between 'Karate Kid' rivals, on YouTube," 1 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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