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[bad-man] /ˈbædˌmæn/
noun, plural badmen.
a bandit, outlaw, desperado, etc., especially in the early history of the western U.S.
Origin of badman
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; bad1 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This man did his best to reclaim young badman, and was particularly kind to him.


    James Anthony Froude
  • badman continues a loose blackguard, extravagant, idle and dissolute.


    James Anthony Froude
  • Bankruptcy was not the only art by which badman piled up his fortune.


    James Anthony Froude
  • Bunyan notes this disposition in his own history of Mr. badman.


    James Anthony Froude
  • We then drew lots, which of us should die; and the chance fell on badman.

  • I don't believe you're half the badman that you imagine you are.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • And this Mr. badman was such an one: he could not abide this day, nor any of the Duties of it.

  • But why did not young badman run away from this Master, as he ran away from the other?

  • There was Godliness in the house of the first, and that young badman could not endure.

  • But pray let us return again to Mr. badman and his companions.

British Dictionary definitions for badman


noun (pl) -men
(mainly US) a hired gunman, outlaw, or criminal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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