- a bandit, outlaw, desperado, etc., especially in the early history of the western U.S.
Origin of badman
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Examples from the Web for badman
This man did his best to reclaim young Badman, and was particularly kind to him.
Badman continues a loose blackguard, extravagant, idle and dissolute.
Bankruptcy was not the only art by which Badman piled up his fortune.
Bunyan notes this disposition in his own history of Mr. Badman.
We then drew lots, which of us should die; and the chance fell on Badman.
- mainly US a hired gunman, outlaw, or criminal
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