Definition of hoodlum in English:

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hoodlum

Pronunciation: /ˈhuːdləm/

noun

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?
Synonyms
Australian/New Zealand  larrikin
British informal yob, yobbo, bovver boy, lager lout, chav, hoodie
Scottish & Northern English informal keelie, ned
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;
in Japan yakuza
North American informal hood, goon

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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