American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gangster; a thug.
- n. A tough, often aggressive or violent youth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young hectoring street rowdy; one of a gang of ruffians; a lounging, good-for-nothing, quarrelsome fellow; a rough.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Colloq. U.S. A young rowdy; a rough, lawless fellow; colloquially, called also
- n. an aggressive and violent young criminal
- Attested since 1871. Many sources have been proposed, but none are certain. The Online Etymology Dictionary suggests that it may derive from Bavarian German Haddalump ("ragamuffin"). (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They have Edward looking like a hoodlum from the fifties or something.”
“Just because a POS hoodlum is "hunting" doesn't make him or her an ethical sportsman that I want to stick together with.”
“While Robin Hood has been romanticized in the movies and books, where do you think the word hoodlum came from?”
“May Sandel, another senior, readily acknowledges that she would've become a "hoodlum," as she puts it, had she not found this school.”
“The only people who use the word "hoodlum" these days are media pundits & talk radio hosts, like Beck or Limbaugh, to disparage young black/latino males.”
“He eventually evolved into what had to be the most self-righteous, straight-laced "hoodlum" prime time ever saw.”
“The word is very popular in Romanian and one Romanian dictionary I saw translates the English words "hoodlum" and "teddy-boy" as huligan plural huligani; def. article huliganii.”
“They encourage the "hoodlum," and so far as they have any influence, give an implied sanction to much unrighteous legislation.”
“Hector knew already that a "hoodlum" in San Francisco parlance is a term applied to street loafers from fifteen to twenty-five years of age, who are disinclined to work and have a premature experience of vice.”
“The law, branded by some activists as the "hoodlum" law, would increase the penalty for obstructing police to 40 days in jail.”
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