Definition of hoodlum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhuːdləm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhuːdləm//
    (informal) Criminals
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  1. 1(slang hood especially in North American English) a violent criminal, especially one who is part of a gang See related entries: Criminals
  2. 2a violent and noisy young man
  3. synonym hooligan
    Word Originlate 19th cent. (originally US): of unknown origin.
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