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larrikin

[lar-i-kin]Australian Slang.
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noun
  1. a street rowdy; hoodlum.
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adjective
  1. disorderly; rowdy.
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Origin of larrikin

First recorded in 1865–70; origin uncertain
Related formslar·ri·kin·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for larrikin

Historical Examples

  • "Nothing like the Australian larrikin when he gets going," you will be told.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • The larrikin turned away, and beckoned his comrades to follow him.

  • I'm as good a man as him, though I'm a larrikin and he's a twopenny lord.

    Tiny Luttrell

    Ernest William Hornung

  • They have not yet arrived at that precise stage of civilisation that develops the Rough, the Larrikin, or the Hooligan.

  • Apart from bush terms, there are town appellations, such as 'larrikin,' which means a 'rough.'

    Town Life in Australia

    R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny


British Dictionary definitions for larrikin

larrikin

noun Australian and NZ slang
    1. a mischievous person
    2. (as modifier)a larrikin bloke
  1. a hooligan
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Word Origin

C19: from English dialect: a mischievous youth
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