Definition of hoodlum in English:

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hoodlum

Pronunciation: /ˈho͞odləm/
/ˈho͝odləm/

noun

A person who engages in crime and violence; a hooligan or gangster.
Example sentences
  • He was a gangster, a hoodlum, a thug: much less creative than his dad.
  • In fact, many people believe gangsters and hoodlums are vicious and violent by nature.
  • Doesn't such an attitude encourage hoodlums to commit such crimes again and again?
Synonyms
gangster, crook, mobster, criminal
informal tough, bruiser, hardman, goon, hood, punk, rowdy

Origin

Late 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: hood·lum

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