hooligan

[ hoo-li-guh n ]
/ ˈhu lɪ gən /

noun

a ruffian or hoodlum.

adjective

of or like hooligans.

Nearby words

  1. hookworm,
  2. hookworm disease,
  3. hooky,
  4. hooley,
  5. hoolie,
  6. hooliganism,
  7. hooly,
  8. hoon,
  9. hoop,
  10. 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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British Dictionary definitions for hooliganism

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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