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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 2 months ago

Can the word "heel" mean the bad guy?

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  • 1 month ago

    Used originally to describe a "contemptible person," 1914 in U.S. underworld slang, originally "incompetent or worthless criminal," perhaps from a sense of "person in the lowest position" and thus from heel,

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes. When applied to a man, it generally means bad or undesirable.

  • 1 month ago

    The word heel can be used to mean a person of low character, or what would be seen as a "Bad" person, yes.  It is not a compliment to be that type of person.  It is a slur, a declaration of the person being a faulty human being in some way, usually untrustworthy at minimum but possible "bad" in many other ways as well.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It is a somewhat old-fashioned word for a man who treats his wife or girl friend badly. When you say "the bad guy" (rather than "a bad guy") you are referring to the villain in movie or other situation. "Heel" is not used in that sense.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    i think thats possible

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes, but it's fallen out of use.  It's an old expression.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes. But not used anymore in the US. 

    The term is used a lot in  old movies; especially by women for an unfaithful man

    Source(s): Native American English speaker. And old movie fan
  • 2 months ago

    Yes, it is a slang expression for a bad person.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes.  A low-life.

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