roughneck

Definition

Slang

  • noun a youth, especially a tough, admirable male. A 1990s synonym for rude boy or bad-boy first used by black gang members before being adopted by other schoolchildren and teenagers. Like those terms, it is typical of the tendency by transgressive subcultures to adopt, for the purpose of irony and bravado, the pejorative language of their critics (as in bad, wicked, etc.).
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