- (sometimes initial capital letters) the devil.
- the bogeyman.
Origin of bad man
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for bad man
Now the town gathered to see the notorious "bad-man" and his tamer.
Say—after all, theres a lot of bunk about this bold, bad-man stuff.The Woman Gives
Billy was a bit abashed, but he stubbornly supported his contention that the stranger was a bad-man from Texas.Tharon of Lost Valley
Vingie E. Roe
One of the privileges of a "bad-man" is to see others step softly and speak humbly in his presence.