Definition of hooligan in English:


Syllabification: hoo·li·gan
Pronunciation: /ˈho͞oləgin


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.
troublemaker, delinquent, juvenile delinquent, mischief-maker, vandal; rowdy, ruffian, yahoo


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.



Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
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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