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hooligan

Syllabification: hoo·li·gan
Pronunciation: /ˈho͞oləɡən
 
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Definition of hooligan in English:

noun

A violent young troublemaker, typically one of a gang.
Example sentences
  • He said: "Obviously, the repeated vandalism of the statue is of great concern and hopefully the mindless hooligans responsible will be caught."
  • Our evidence of the calibre of rank and file terrorists does not support the view that they are mindless hooligans drawn from the unemployed and the employable …
  • Seventy people, if you can call a screaming mob of hooligans human in any meaningful sense of the word, have been arrested for their role in the destruction of 18,000 books and 30,000 manuscripts.
Synonyms
troublemaker, delinquent, juvenile delinquent, mischief-maker, vandal;
rowdy, ruffian, yahoo

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps from Hooligan, the surname of a fictional rowdy Irish family in a music-hall song of the 1890s, also of a character in a cartoon.

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