teddy boy

noun

Definition of teddy boy

: a young British thug especially of the 1950s and 1960s characterized by Edwardian dress

Examples of teddy boy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The relevant designs nodded to subcultures like 1970s punks or 1960s mods and teddy boys, who wore suits but in rebellious ways. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Men, Meet Your Next Suit. It’s Lime Green," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of teddy boy

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teddy boy

Teddy, nickname for Edward

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“Teddy boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teddy%20boy. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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