[ lar-i-kin ]
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  1. a street rowdy; hoodlum.

  1. disorderly; rowdy.

Origin of larrikin

First recorded in 1865–70; origin uncertain

Other words from larrikin

  • lar·ri·kin·ism, noun

Words Nearby larrikin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use larrikin in a sentence

  • The belligerent whine was enough to renew the identity of the mangy little larrikin whose couch on the sand he had shared.

  • He looked quite domestic and almost paternal as he shuffled his broad feet and towered over the little larrikin.

  • Thus the inevitable informing larrikin, eager to cadge a drink from the tourist on shore leave.

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

    The Pacific Triangle | Sydney Greenbie
  • I'm as good a man as him, though I'm a larrikin and he's a twopenny lord.

    Tiny Luttrell | Ernest William Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for larrikin


/ (ˈlærɪkɪn) /

nounAustralian and NZ slang
    • a mischievous person

    • (as modifier): a larrikin bloke

  1. a hooligan

Origin of larrikin

C19: from English dialect: a mischievous youth

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