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, 22 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Teddy, nickname for Edward

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teddy boy was in 1954

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“Teddy boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teddy%20boy. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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