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hoodlum

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noun hood·lum \ˈhüd-ləm, ˈhu̇d-\

Simple Definition of hoodlum

  • : a tough and violent criminal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hoodlum

  1. 1 :  thug; especially :  a violent criminal

  2. 2 :  a young ruffian

hoodlumish

play \-lə-mish\ adjective

hoodlumism

play \-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Examples of hoodlum in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

A hoodlum can be anyone from a dangerous thug to a young person who’s just up to no good. The exact origins of the word are not known, but one theory is that the word derives from hudelum, an adjective that means "disorderly" in dialects of German spoken in and around the region of Swabia. A similar-looking word for a young troublemaker is hooligan, but that word is not related to hoodlum; rather, it most likely derives from the name of Patrick Hooligan, an Irish youth purported to have wreaked havoc in the streets of Southwark, England, in the late 19th century.

Origin and Etymology of hoodlum

perhaps from German dialect (Swabia) hudelum disorderly


First Known Use: 1871


HOODLUM Defined for Kids

hoodlum

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noun hood·lum \ˈhüd-ləm, ˈhu̇d-\

Definition of hoodlum for Students

  1. :  a tough and violent criminal :  thug





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