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hoodlum

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noun hood·lum \ˈhüd-ləm, ˈhu̇d-\

Simple Definition of hoodlum

  • : a tough and violent criminal

Full Definition of hoodlum

  1. 1 :  thug; especially :  a violent criminal

  2. 2 :  a young ruffian

hood·lum·ish play \-lə-mish\ adjective
hood·lum·ism play \-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Examples of hoodlum

  1. <a couple of hoodlums held up the convenience store>



Origin of hoodlum

perhaps from German dialect (Swabia) hudelum disorderly


First Known Use: 1871


HOODLUM Defined for Kids

hoodlum

play
noun hood·lum \ˈhüd-ləm, ˈhu̇d-\

Definition of hoodlum

  1. :  a tough and violent criminal :  thug





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