bad boy n.
1. (mainly W.I., Guyn., also bad bwai, bad bwoy) a tearaway, a young criminal; in positive version, a black who rejects the second-class role offered by the dominant white society.
|Stealing Through Life 250: ‘Where’s Peck’s bad boy?’ the sheriff called into the cells.|
|England, Half Eng. (1960) 26: A peculiarity about any coloured ‘bad boys’ one may encounter is that [...] they often seem delightful personalities.‘A Short Guide for Jumbles’ in|
|Muscle for the Wing 28: He wore a black coat with narrow lapels, a white shirt and a string tie, all in accordance with the resurging style of the rockabilly bad boy.|
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 3: Feeling he must keep up his ‘bad bwai’ pose [etc.].|
|Guardian Rev. 3 July 9: The burgeoning attraction between her and Orin, a young ‘bad bwoy’.|
|Indep. Rev. 25 June 12: Some astonishing Jamaican gangster sequences featuring a hilarious Kingston bad-boy called Lennox.|
|Westsiders 269: The trouble is, Sneak has been a bad boy for too long.|
|‘Shut Up’ [lyrics] If you got a G-A-T bring it out / Most of the real badboys in the south.|
2. (US black) a general term of approval, referring both to individuals and to objects.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 9: When I pin you daddio the wagon in here, and you lodes my heart on. You don’t pack no six gun, but you are a bad bad boy, and for you my lid always flip.|
3. (US) anything considered impressive.
|Breaks 156: Tell them to get it the hell out of room 220 so I can move in the way I was supposed to, and this bad boy’s yours.|
|Homicide (1993) 323: I saw an ad for one of these bad boys [i.e. a gun].|
|Clockers 224: If I did [have a gun] I’d sell it [...] I’d sell the shit out of that bad boy.|
|Chicken (2003) 82: Ya better git that badboy [i.e. a large penis] out, or there’s gonna be trouble here ta-night!|
|Wire ser. 2 ep. 7 [TV script] You get this bad boy [i.e. a concealed microphone] within ten feet of any conversation, asounds like Chuck thomspon doing play by play.‘Backwash’|
|Nature Girl 235: I could inhale a whole box of those bad boys [i.e. doughnuts].|
|Cape Argus (SA) 31 Jan. [Internet] Grand Cherokee a bad boy among SUVs.|