from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as Hun.

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  • noun dated A unit of weight, used to measure opium in British-controlled China.
  • noun Australia, slang, dated A pimp.
  • noun Australia, slang A lout.
  • noun Australia, New Zealand, slang One who drives excessively quickly, loudly or irresponsibly; a street drag racer often driving heavily-customized cars.
  • verb Australia, New Zealand, slang To drive excessively quickly, loudly or irresponsibly.


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Uncertain origin. Pimp sense from early 20th c.


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  • I did not type the word hoon, i typed the word cnut … only spelled differently!

    Guy Fawkes' blog 2009

  • I did not type the word hoon, i typed the word cnut … only spelled differently!

    British Blogs 2009

  • Nor was the exact definition of 'hoon' - because keeping this term loose makes selective interpretation by the regulators very convenient.

    Car Advice | News Blog 2010

  • 'Boy racer' Lewis Hamilton fined £300 over car stunts in front of fans in Australia ace Lewis Hamilton was described as a 'hoon' - a loutish boy racer - by an Australian magistrate - Articles related to Federal report faults Dallas Zoo in zebra death 2010

  • South Australian police will be empowered to crush the cars of so-called hoon drivers under tough new laws that come into effect on Sunday.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News 2010

  • The Victorian Government's proposed three-step anti-hoon agenda is this: For a first offence, the so-called hoon's car is impounded for 30 days.

    Car Advice | News Blog 2010

  • If a hoon is a person who, for example, drives a car at 160km/h in a 60 zone, then I reckon that person should go to jail.

    Car Advice | News Blog 2010

  • All of which puts my own thoughts on the the definition of "hoon" into the shade:

    Archive 2008-01-01 2008

  • Hamilton fell foul to Victoria state's so-called "hoon" laws on March 26, two days before the race. - Home 2010

  • British driving ace says sorry over stunt FORMULA One driver Lewis Hamilton has apologised for his "hoon" antics in a letter to a magistrate who fined him for doing a burnout as he left the | Top Stories 2010


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  • Occasionally metaphorical, as in "I'm just going to hoon around the supermarket".

    April 10, 2008

  • "Broadbeach police Sergeant Brendon O'Reilly said the Subaru and its owner were known to police - the vehicle had been impounded for 48 hours on November 13 in relation to hooning offences."

    Teens get takeaway food at fatal crash

    November 24, 2008 09:41am

    November 26, 2008

  • A person who drives in an unsafe and destructive manner. Typical hoon behavior includes speeding, drunken driving, street racing....

    Did you see those hoons cut off a cop? Maaan, they're gonna get their asses handed to 'em.

    June 28, 2009

  • "I know the op shop doesn't open till eleven on Saturdays, that the motor that roars and roars at 10 p.m. at the bottom of the street is not some crazed hoon but the railway men mending the line."

    From "White Paint and Calico" by Helen Garner, p 18 of Everywhere I Look

    November 29, 2017