Definition of bad boy in English:

bad boy

noun

informal
  • 1A man who does not conform to approved standards of behavior, especially in a particular sphere of activity.

    ‘the bad boy of classical music’
    • ‘He earned a reputation as the bad boy of local tennis.’
    • ‘Besides, maybe her attraction for bad boys was less about them, more about her.’
    • ‘It is no coincidence that two current bad boys of sports agree on what constitutes the essence of sports.’
    • ‘Football is something he understands, but counselling bad boys is hardly in his remit.’
    • ‘Watch out when his inner bad boy kicks in.’
    • ‘Despite her disdain for the bad boys, they keep on pursuing her.’
    • ‘He might sound like a hockey bad boy, the kind of player you might expect to lead the league in penalty minutes.’
    • ‘One of Hong Kong cinema's reigning bad boys isn't a director, actor, or martial arts choreographer.’
    • ‘Needless to say, the bad boys of the title will be coming for you in cinemas from Thursday, October 2.’
    • ‘If you're into bad boys, rocker Tommy Lee made the list.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm a bad boy.’
    • ‘You get old-age pensioners labelled as bad boys because they were rock stars years ago.’
    • ‘But I guess bad boys is what attracts you to a story.’
    • ‘I've never had any affinity for the overhyped mythology of the bad boy, which I think is basically phony.’
    • ‘He isn't even the sport's leading bad boy anymore.’
    • ‘Laurie seems like a good guy, but his bad boy needs a little help.’
    • ‘The current bad boy of college football visits the winningest program in college football history.’
    • ‘We've got the new details of the wedding between the beauty and the bad boy.’
    • ‘He's one of the bad boys of Canadian theatre.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is the spirit that has drawn Stone to Hollywood's former bad boy.’
    dissenter, dissentient, protester, rebel, renegade, freethinker, apostate, heretic, schismatic, recusant, seceder, individualist, free spirit, maverick, unorthodox person, eccentric, original, deviant, misfit, hippy, dropout, fish out of water, outsider
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  • 2US A thing that is regarded as extremely impressive or effective.

    ‘we went 142 mph in that bad boy’
    • ‘Give me a hand with this bad boy.’
    • ‘The 64-bit bad boy also has hyperthreading to help certain software loads and demand based switching to improve performance per watt.’
    • ‘The speakers on these bad boys are also made of soft leather and swivel a full 90 degrees.’
    • ‘I hereby give you permission to testdrive any/all of these bad-boys at the "open mic" comedy nite of your choice.’
    • ‘The negative space on the frame is almost as big as the soul space so you can do plenty of different variations on tricks with these bad boys.’
    • ‘How the hell am I going to manage this bad boy?’
    • ‘Check out these bad boys that I made.’
    • ‘Plus, there is a lithium ion in this badboy, rated for 10 hours of use.’
    • ‘I was home from work by 2PM every day, so I'd boot that bad boy and play around with DOS commands.’
    • ‘Why don't we put this bad boy in our test machine?’
    • ‘This bad boy is far from finished.’
    • ‘Let's go, tax that bad boy.’
    • ‘He's around here somewhere unless someone cooked that bad boy.’
    • ‘At $59.95 per set, five of these bad boys would constitute a serious investment.’
    • ‘It's your job to enter the tombs and put this bad boy back to rest.’
    • ‘Man, how often do you wash those bad boys of yours?’