- a wild, lawless person, often a member of a gang of criminals
- a tough-looking young ruffian
Origin: prob. < Ger dial. (esp. Swiss) hudilump, wretch, miserable fellow < MHG hudel, rag, wretch + lump, rag, tatter, wretch
- hoodlumism noun
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- A gangster; a thug.
- A tough, often aggressive or violent youth.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- hoodˈlum·ism noun