noun \ˈhüd-ləm, ˈhd-\

: a tough and violent criminal

Full Definition of HOODLUM

:  thug; especially :  a violent criminal
:  a young ruffian
hood·lum·ish \-lə-mish\ adjective
hood·lum·ism \-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


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