hooligan

[ hoo-li-guh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF hooligan

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOOLIGAN

And not a thing had been stolen—not a hooligan had dared enter.

But it was not even a nobleman's rod; any moujik, any hooligan, could wield it.

Even the Hooligan was probably invented in China centuries before we thought of him.

He must suffer for smashing up my rooms exactly as if he had been a hooligan in the street.

He is a hooligan; that's precisely what he is, and once I was pleased at his coming to my concert.

If we'd got to Hooligan's half an hour sooner, we might have rescued the girl.

Then it began to dawn on Matt that the schemers had fallen back on Hooligan.

The family's away for the summer, and Hooligan is able to do about as he pleases there.

"That's a game two can play at, Hooligan," answered Harris coolly.

But there was only one man on the roof, and that was Hooligan.

WORD ORIGIN

1890s, of unknown origin, first found in British newspaper police-court reports in the summer of 1898, almost certainly from the variant form of the Irish surname Houlihan, which figured as a characteristic comic Irish name in music hall songs and newspapers of the 1880s and '90s.

Internationalized 20c. in communist rhetoric as Russian khuligan, opprobrium for "scofflaws, political dissenters, etc."

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