lar·​ri·​kin ˈler-i-kən How to pronounce larrikin (audio)
chiefly Australia
larrikin adjective

Examples of larrikin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Australians love a larrikin, a mischievous person with a good heart, said Frank Bongiorno, a historian at Australian National University in Canberra. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 In Australia, Ned Kelly represents the classic, white, male, larrikin, masculine alpha. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2020 Could their self-image as authority-averse larrikins be wide of the mark? The Economist, 15 June 2019

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of larrikin was in 1868

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“Larrikin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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