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



BrE BrE//ˈhuːlɪɡən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhuːlɪɡən//
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a young person who behaves in an extremely noisy and violent way in public, usually in a group English football hooligans gangs of football hooligans roaming the streets Word Originlate 19th cent.: perhaps from Hooligan, the surname of a fictional rowdy Irish family in a music-hall song of the 1890s, also of a cartoon character.
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