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hooligan

[ hoo-li-guh n ]
/ ˈhu lɪ gən /
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noun

a ruffian or hoodlum.

adjective

of or like hooligans.

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troublemaker, delinquent, mobster, rowdy, gangster, thug, criminal, rioter, goon, ruffian, punk, hood

Nearby words

hookworm, hookworm disease, hooky, hooley, hoolie, hooligan, hooliganism, hooly, hoon, hoop, hoop back

Origin of hooligan

First recorded in 1895–1900; perhaps after the Irish surname Hooligan, but corroborating evidence is lacking
Related formshoo·li·gan·ism, noun
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hooligan

/ (ˈhuːlɪɡən) /

noun

slang a rough lawless young person
Derived Formshooliganism, noun

Word Origin for hooligan

C19: perhaps variant of Houlihan, Irish surname
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Word Origin and History for hooligan

hooligan


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