hoodlum definition by Webster's New World
- a wild, lawless person, often a member of a gang of criminals
- a tough-looking young ruffian
Origin: probably ; from German dialect, dialectal (esp. Swiss) hudilump, wretch, miserable fellow ; from Middle High German hudel, rag, wretch plush lump, rag, tatter, wretch
- hoodlumism noun
hoodlum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A gangster; a thug.
- A tough, often aggressive or violent youth.
Origin: Origin unknown.
- hoodˈlum·ism noun