Larrikin

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Larrikin lar′i-kin (Australian) rowdy, disorderly
    • n Larrikin a rough or rowdy
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Usage

In literature:

He ran amongst the Larrikins, scattered them, rescued the dog, and stood at bay.
"The Wrecker" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
There's something of the larrikin about us.
"On the Track" by Henry Lawson
The rest were crawlers, mostly pub spielers and bush larrikins, and the women were hags and larrikinesses.
"Over the Sliprails" by Henry Lawson
The rest were detectives, old ladies, mob, and a wealthy young Colonial larrikin.
"Adventures among Books" by Andrew Lang
Struck by her skill in dancing, he courted her in the larrikin fashion.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone
Some place where the larrikins go.
"An Outback Marriage" by Andrew Barton Paterson
The larrikin turned away, and beckoned his comrades to follow him.
"While the Billy Boils" by Henry Lawson
Much sympathy is expressed with LARRIKIN, who is quite a young man.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., November 29, 1890" by Various
The votes of these very larrikins turn the scale at elections.
"Town Life in Australia" by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
As for you, Larrikins, I have warned you before, and you had better keep your weather eye open, my joker!
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
I say these two young larrikins tried to rob and do for us.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
The barracker and the larrikin are akin.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
To start off with, they had an unpleasant scene with a Kookaburra, a low larrikin who resented the way that Bill examined him.
"The Magic Pudding" by Norman Lindsay
He ran amongst the Larrikins, scattered them, rescued the dog, and stood at bay.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He said I was a larrikin, too.
"Tiny Luttrell" by Ernest William Hornung
I'm not such a larrikin as I was that day you met me, am I?
"My Lord Duke" by E. W. Hornung
They have not yet arrived at that precise stage of civilisation that develops the Rough, the Larrikin, or the Hooligan.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
More familiar is the Australian "larrikin," which apparently came into use about 1870 in Melbourne.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
Even groups of lads at the difficult age which breeds larrikins in Australia were on the whole less offensive than in other countries.
"Poor Folk in Spain" by Jan Gordon
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In news:

Ed Larrikin takes the stage with new project The Pan I Am.
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