hooligan

[ hoo-li-guh n ]
/ ˈhu lɪ gən /

noun

a ruffian or hoodlum.

adjective

of or like hooligans.

Origin of hooligan

First recorded in 1895–1900; perhaps after the Irish surname Hooligan, but corroborating evidence is lacking

Related forms

hoo·li·gan·ism, noun
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hooligan

/ (ˈhuːlɪɡən) /

noun

slang a rough lawless young person

Derived Forms

hooliganism, noun

Word Origin for hooligan

C19: perhaps variant of Houlihan, Irish surname
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