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.
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First Known Use of bad boy

1860, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2020

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“Bad boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bad%20boy. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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