hoodlum


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hood·lum

 (ho͞od′ləm, ho͝od′-)
n.
1. A gangster; a thug.
2. A tough, often aggressive or violent youth.

[Origin unknown.]

hood′lum·ism n.

hoodlum

(ˈhuːdləm)
n
1. a petty gangster or ruffian
2. a lawless youth
[C19: perhaps from Southern German dialect Haderlump ragged good-for-nothing]
ˈhoodlumism n

hood•lum

(ˈhud ləm, ˈhʊd-)

n.
1. a thug or gangster.
2. a young street ruffian.
[1870–75, Amer.; probably < dial. German; compare Swabian derivatives of Hudel rag]
hood′lum•ish, adj.
hood′lum•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hoodlum - an aggressive and violent young criminalhoodlum - an aggressive and violent young criminal
bully - a hired thug
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

hoodlum

noun (Informal) thug, hooligan, ruffian, vandal, delinquent, rowdy, lout, tearaway, hoon (Austral. & N.Z.), bruiser (informal), boot boy, yob or yobbo (Brit. informal) Caruso is a small-time hoodlum attempting to go straight.

hoodlum

noun
1. A person who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire:
Informal: hooligan.
Slang: goon, gorilla, hood.
2. A rough, violent person who engages in destructive actions:
Informal: toughie.
Slang: hood, punk.
Translations
شَخص مُحِب للتدميرمُجْرِم
chuligángangsterničema
bøllegangster
glæpamaîurskemmdarvargur
bandītsgangsteris

hoodlum

[ˈhuːdləm] Nmatón/ona m/f, gorila m

hoodlum

[ˈhuːdləm] ntruand m

hoodlum

nRowdy m; (= member of gang)Ganove m (inf), → Gangster m (inf); you young hoodlumdu Rowdy, du Rüpel

hoodlum

[ˈhuːdləm] nteppista m/f

hoodlum

(ˈhuːdləm) noun
1. a destructive person.
2. (especially American) a criminal.
References in classic literature ?
That bunch of hoodlums was lookin' for trouble, an' Arthur wasn't botherin' 'em none.
And while Arthur took up the tale, for the twentieth time, of his adventure with the drunken hoodlums on the ferry-boat and of how Martin Eden had rushed in and rescued him, that individual, with frowning brows, meditated upon the fool he had made of himself, and wrestled more determinedly with the problem of how he should conduct himself toward these people.
I had heard of the Sporting Life Gang before, a crowd of hoodlums and criminals that terrorized the lower quarters of Oakland, and two-thirds of which were usually to be found in state's prison for crimes that ranged from perjury and ballot-box stuffing to murder.
And then, after hours of wandering and toil, we encountered a gang of hoodlums.
You've got a cinch-nobody to think of but your own precious self--an' a lot of young hoodlums makin' eyes at you an' tellin' you how beautiful your eyes are.
Just the same he's oodles better'n your bunch of hoodlums that no decent woman'd wipe her one pair of shoes on.
They called me thug and hoodlum, but they never told you what we were really all about.
The appealing kid has a Baywatch fixation, the fence-straddling glamour dyke has a psycho ex-girlfriend, and the helmet-haired hoodlum has doubts about his own sexuality--not to mention Lainie Kazan as his bi-curious mother.
In Inner City Hoodlum, Goines describes a young black man's frame of mind when he decides to become a criminal: "Johnny had quit school, realizing that with the constant shootings and chaotic happenings, he would never learn anything valuable that would allow him to survive.
FRANKIE KOEHLER IS THE hoodlum you watched on Saturday afternoons when you had a black-and-white TV.
Needless to say, when the brown furry family returned from their fishing expedition, they were shocked and dismayed to see the shambles the puerile hoodlum had made of their woodland homestead.