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badman

[bad-man]
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noun, plural bad·men.
  1. a bandit, outlaw, desperado, etc., especially in the early history of the western U.S.
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Origin of badman

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; bad1 + man1
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Examples from the Web for badman

Historical Examples

  • This man did his best to reclaim young Badman, and was particularly kind to him.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • Badman continues a loose blackguard, extravagant, idle and dissolute.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • Bankruptcy was not the only art by which Badman piled up his fortune.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • Bunyan notes this disposition in his own history of Mr. Badman.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • We then drew lots, which of us should die; and the chance fell on Badman.


British Dictionary definitions for badman

badman

noun plural -men
  1. mainly US a hired gunman, outlaw, or criminal
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