hooligan

[ hoo-li-guhn ]
/ ˈhu lɪ gən /

noun

a ruffian or hoodlum.

adjective

of or like hooligans.

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Origin of hooligan

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hooligan

hoo·li·gan·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hooligan

hooligan
/ (ˈhuːlɪɡən) /

noun

slang a rough lawless young person

Derived forms of hooligan

hooliganism, noun

Word Origin for hooligan

C19: perhaps variant of Houlihan, Irish surname
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