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bad actor

a mean, ill-tempered, troublemaking, or evil person.
a vicious animal.
an inveterate criminal.
Origin of bad actor
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I'm afraid the Chestnut's a bad actor," Dixon said to Allis, after the race.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Harrison attempted to look indignant but he was a bad actor, he could only look drunk.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • I feel that I am no good, a bad actor in a part that does not suit him.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • "He's a bad actor if ever there was one," he blustered, turning to the others.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • But I make a bad actor, and artistic effects can go to the devil for all I care.

    The Romantic Lady Michael Arlen
  • If I am a bad actor I take the results of it without plaint.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • But I guess he'd be what Sam calls a 'bad actor' in a fight.

    The Major Ralph Connor
  • Andrew was a bad actor and she was not misled by his clumsy indifference.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
Slang definitions & phrases for bad actor

bad actor

noun phrase

  1. A malicious or deceitful person
  2. A habitual criminal
  3. A vicious animal (1900+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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