Definition of hoodlum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈho͞odləm/


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?
gangster, crook, mobster, criminal
informal tough, bruiser, hardman, goon, hood, punk, rowdy


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

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Syllabification: hood·lum

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