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

 

hooligan

 noun
noun
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 Origin late 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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