- a ruffian or hoodlum.
- of or like hooligans.
Origin of hooligan
Examples from the Web for hooliganism
In an ironic twist, English supporters are now more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators of hooliganism.What Is It About Soccer That Brings Out the Hooligan in Its Fans?
June 25, 2014
First charged with “piracy,” each member of the retinue now faces seven years in jail if found guilty of “hooliganism.”The Return of Russian Hard Power?
November 23, 2013
Three members of the group were arrested, charged with “hooliganism,” and imprisoned; two of them have 5-year-old children.Of Punk and War: A U.S. Combat Veteran in Solidarity With Pussy Riot
August 20, 2013
The Russian punk band was sentenced to two years behind bars for ‘hooliganism’ despite protests across the West and in Moscow.Protests Couldn’t Save Pussy Riot From Two-Year Prison Sentence
August 17, 2012
The burning cars were laid to hooliganism on the part of the bystanders.The Double Spy
Dan T. Moore
D-don't think you're going to introduce your hooliganism here.Tell England
Idleness, hooliganism and repeated imprisonments for petty crime, until something more serious happens, and then longer sentences.London's Underworld
We do not want further prejudice raised against us by attempts to connect us with anarchical violence, hooliganism and looting.Bolshevism: A Curse & Danger to the Workers
Henry William Lee
Frequent allusions to hooliganism and armed burglars occur in 1882.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. III of IV
Charles L. Graves
- slang a rough lawless young person
Word Origin and History for hooliganism
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."