Definition of hooligan in English:

hooligan

Syllabification: hoo·li·gan
Pronunciation: /ˈho͞oləgin
 
/

noun

A violent young troublemaker, typically one of a gang.
More example sentences
  • Residents are being driven out of their homes by young yobs and hooligans who are making their lives a misery.
  • We should not be surprised that our increasingly ignorant society produces football hooligans and vandals.
  • There was nothing unusual about any of this and no doubt the hooligan gangs of both clubs were eager for more trouble after the game.
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.

Derivatives

hooliganism

Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
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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