Origin of hooligan
Examples from the Web for hooligan
And then there is Caminero, who remains, quietly simply, a hooligan.
And not a thing had been stolen—not a hooligan had dared enter.Ghetto Comedies|Israel Zangwill
That tickled the crowd, too; she was such a charming little pink-cheeked specimen of a hooligan.The Convert|Elizabeth Robins
What sort of a two-faced scoundrel is this Hooligan, that he helps criminals in such work?
The hooligan, who had for a moment drawn near the crowd, was now heading straight for the Cit.The Exploits of Juve|Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
Hooligan told her it wouldn't be necessary for her to say anything, as she could get back to Archer Avenue in the afternoon.
British Dictionary definitions for hooligan
Word Origin for hooligan
Word Origin and History for hooligan
1890s, of unknown origin, first found in British newspaper police-court reports in the summer of 1898, almost certainly from the variant form of the Irish surname Houlihan, which figured as a characteristic comic Irish name in music hall songs and newspapers of the 1880s and '90s.
As an "inventor" and adapter to general purposes of the tools used by navvies and hodmen, "Hooligan" is an Irish character who occupies week by week the front of a comic literary journal called Nuggets, one of the series of papers published by Mr. James Henderson at Red Lion House. Previous to publication in London, "Hooligan" appears, I believe, in New York in a comic weekly, and in London he is set off against "Schneider," a German, whose contrainventions and adaptations appear in the Garland (a very similar paper to Nuggets), which also comes from Mr. Henderson's office. "Hooligan" and "Schneider" have been running, I should think, for four or five years. ["Notes and Queries," Oct. 15, 1898]
Internationalized 20c. in communist rhetoric as Russian khuligan, opprobrium for "scofflaws, political dissenters, etc."