bad boy


: a person who flouts convention
a literary bad boy

Example Sentences

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of bad boy was in 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Bad boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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