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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Angela narrates most of the episodes and this one establishes her crush on bad boy Jordan Catalano. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "'My So-Called Life' debuted 25 years ago and still may be the best teen drama ever," 25 Aug. 2019 In 1979, on a sultry evening in the old Louis Armstrong Stadium in Queens, N.Y., chaos erupted during a second-round match between John McEnroe and Ilie Nastase, the sport’s original bad boys. New York Times, "A Night to Remember at the U.S. Open," 22 Aug. 2019 After, in book and movie form, follows Tessa Young, a college student who falls in love with Hardin Scott, a bad boy inspired by a certain One Direction member with the same initials. Tyler Aquilina,, "Dylan Sprouse to star in After sequel, a movie based on a book based on One Direction fanfic," 7 Aug. 2019 That’s a far, far cry from the reformed bad boy who’s broken our hearts multiple times over the last 15 years. Rachel Paige,, "Fun Fact: Jason Dohring Was Married Before Veronica Mars Ever Made Logan A Thing," 25 July 2019 Press these bad boys on and immediately transport yourself back to the '90s. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "25 Homecoming Nail Ideas That'll Help You Stand Out," 25 June 2019 On the bright side, Jenner’s semi-bad boy status on The Hills catapulted his career, which helped him land future spin-offs, dedicated episodes and cameos on some of the most successful TV networks and shows. Diane J. Cho,, "A Look Back at Birthday Boy Brody Jenner's Reality Show History," 21 Aug. 2019 Your bartender will handle the carrying of this bad boy to your table! Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: Luke Bryan, dancing in lingerie, tossing watermelons, ’80s date night in Pompano," 31 July 2019 Nancy ended her relationship with bad boy/good guy Steve Harrington. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "The story so far: Catch up with 10 Hawkins, Indiana, favorites before 'Stranger Things 3'," 2 July 2019

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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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