Definition of hooligan in English:

hooligan

Line breaks: hoo¦li|gan
Pronunciation: /ˈhuːlɪɡ(ə)n
 
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noun

A violent young troublemaker, typically one of a gang: a drunken hooligan [as modifier]: hooligan behaviour
More 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
Australian/New Zealand larrikin
British informal yob, yobbo, bovver boy, lager lout, chav, hoodie
Scottish & Northern English informal keelie, ned
Australian/New Zealand informal roughie, hoon

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 cartoon character.

Derivatives

hooliganism

noun
More example sentences
  • Why is it difficult for them to understand that violence and other forms of hooliganism will not provide solutions to their problems?
  • We have problems such as graffiti, loutish behaviour, football hooliganism, rampant drug abuse and teenage pregnancies.
  • But the new law also extends to a wide range of offences, including sports hooliganism and malicious damage.

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