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Bad boy vs Bad man

bad boy—(also: Peck’s bad boy)

1. an unruly or mischievous child:

  • He was not a bad boy, but he did have one problem: he refused to brush his teeth.

2. an adult person defying the accepted moral or artistic conventions:

  • Michael was the bad boy who stole Tara’s heart and eloped with her.

bad man

1. a morally depraved, wicked man:

  • He resented the fact that his mother had to be living with such a bad man as Khun Chang.

2. (U.S. coll.) a gunman; a villain:

  • He even appointed a typical “bad man”—that is, manslayer—to office as a proof of his fondness for Arizona.