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[lar-i-kin] /ˈlær ɪ kɪn/ Australian Slang.
a street rowdy; hoodlum.
disorderly; rowdy.
Origin of larrikin
First recorded in 1865-70; origin uncertain
Related forms
larrikinism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for larrikin
Historical Examples
  • "Nothing like the Australian larrikin when he gets going," you will be told.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • The larrikin turned away, and beckoned his comrades to follow him.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • I'm as good a man as him, though I'm a larrikin and he's a twopenny lord.

    Tiny Luttrell Ernest William Hornung
  • They have not yet arrived at that precise stage of civilisation that develops the Rough, the larrikin, or the Hooligan.

  • Apart from bush terms, there are town appellations, such as 'larrikin,' which means a 'rough.'

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  • Were its use restricted to the bullock-driver and the larrikin one could make excuses; but this is not so.

    The Awful Australian Valerie Desmond
  • The word is younger than the Australian larrikin, of doubtful origin (see p. 190), but older than Fr.

  • The "larrikin" easily gets a job, and works by fits and starts when it suits him, or when he wants money.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • More familiar is the Australian “larrikin,” which apparently came into use about 1870 in Melbourne.

British Dictionary definitions for larrikin


noun (Austral & NZ, slang)
  1. a mischievous person
  2. (as modifier): a larrikin bloke
a hooligan
Word Origin
C19: from English dialect: a mischievous youth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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