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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Hero Fiennes-Tiffin as Hardin Scott: A bad boy who ends up falling for Tessa. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "After" Starring Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin," 1 Apr. 2019 The bad boy who runs the school thanks to the fact that his parents own the school. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast and Characters of "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists"," 14 Mar. 2019 Scroll down for the 16 best edge tamers at a variety of price points that will keep those bad boys on point and firmly in formation. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "16 Edge Control Products That Keep Your Baby Hairs Super Sleek," 18 Sep. 2018 Filling this bad boy up with a SURPRISE centre 👀🍭 . . . Country Living, "You Will Not Be Able To Stop Watching This Mesmerizing Halloween Cake Video," 7 Oct. 2016 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

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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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