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bad man

noun Older Use.
  1. (sometimes initial capital letters) the devil.
  2. the bogeyman.
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Origin of bad man

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bad man

Historical Examples

  • Now the town gathered to see the notorious "bad-man" and his tamer.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Say—after all, theres a lot of bunk about this bold, bad-man stuff.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson

  • Billy was a bit abashed, but he stubbornly supported his contention that the stranger was a bad-man from Texas.

  • One of the privileges of a "bad-man" is to see others step softly and speak humbly in his presence.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine