A person who engages in crime and violence; a hooligan or gangster: they were the ‘professional’ gangsters of New York, hoodlums and racketeers a bunch of hoodlums just looking for trouble
More 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?
Australian/New Zealand larrikin
Australian/New Zealand informal roughie, hoon
gangster, gang member, mobster, criminal, gunman, thug, racketeer, ruffian, member of a criminal gang, member of the Mafia, Mafioso, Yardie;
North American informal hood, goon
late 19th century: of unknown origin.