Hooligan definition

ho͝olĭ-gən
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Any rowdy or violent person.
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The definition of hooligan is slang for a young person who breaks the law.

An example of a hooligan is a teenager who steals car stereos.

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(informal, pejorative) A person that causes trouble or violence.
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A tough and aggressive or violent youth.
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A hoodlum, esp. a young one.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hooligan
Plural:
hooligans

Origin of hooligan

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Almost certainly from the surname Houlihan.

    From Wiktionary